Movies like Smile

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Smile (2005)
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Smile (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Introduced to a volunteer opportunity with the Doctor's Gift Program, Katie (Mika Boorem) signs up for a trip to China, where she meets Lin (Yi Ding), a girl with whom she shares a birthday. Lin has a facial deformity that discourages her from ever showing her face, but her friendship with Katie helps her start to see life in a new way.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic, inter cultural
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, teenage life, social differences, culture clash, human spirit, society, human nature, misfit, teaching the ways of the world, family relations, adoption, charity, journey, rich and poor, teenage love, youth, friends, orphan, love and romance, follow your dream, hopes, road not taken, single parent, doctors and patients, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, usa, california, asia, shanghai, malibu california

Most similar movies to Smile

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and touching films with plots about society, youth, friendship, teenage life, coming of age, hopes and family relations mostly in Drama, Adventure and Music genres. Some movies like Smile: Pay It Forward (2000), Face (2002), The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010), Under the Same Moon (2007), Toe to Toe (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
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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, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: childhood, teacher, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, society, school, life philosophy, teachers and students, addiction, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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100%
 6.3
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, immigrants, family relations, opposites attract, friends, coming of age, family life, friendship, introspection, culture clash, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, human spirit, high school, teenage life, love and romance, society, hopes, follow your dream, youth, misfit, social misfits, win over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Under the Same Moon (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: immigrants, friendship, obsessive quest, family reunited, escapades, society, custody, travel, grandmother grandson relationship, runaway, survival, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, los angeles, california, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 5.2
 445
Toe to Toe (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, teenage life, self discovery, coming of age, youth, racism, social differences, lacrosse, family relations, interracial relations, power relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
White Water Summer (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When the experienced guide Vic accompanies the city boy Alan and his three friends on their first wilderness experience, he not only hope to teach the four boys lessons about the wilderness, but about themselves. Vic pushes them to the limit. Soon ...
Style: sincere, exciting, suspenseful, intense, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: friendship, survival, wilderness, coming of age, danger, youth, adventure, nature, teaching the ways of the world, lake or river, teenage life, group of friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family relations, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, youth, misfit, elderly, coming of age, life is a bitch, society, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, parents and children, couple relations, social differences, rich and poor, follow your dream, single parent, interracial relations, racial discrimination ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Lebanon, Pa. (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Will, a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ, his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ's married ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, americana, family relations, society, love and romance, pregnancy, coming of age, hopes, youth, bittersweet, small town, wooing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, family business, self discovery, follow your dream, youth, society, family problems, parents and children, human spirit, family life, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Someone to Run With (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Through the streets of Jerusalem two teenagers' stories will unite to tell the summer adventure of their lives. Tamar is an amazingly talented but very quiet and insecure girl, who leaves behind her home and all she knows, changing herself ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: adventure, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, youth, escapades, chases and races, missing person, track down, coming of age, crimes, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 280
Amexicano (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A look at the bond between an illegal immigrant and a blue-collar Italian-American from Queens.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, humorous
Plot: friendship, social differences, deportation, immigrants, society, working class, human nature, unemployment, culture clash, interracial friendship, unlikely hero, unrequited love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 649
Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, melancholic, realistic
Plot: love and romance, single parent, life is a bitch, impossible love, friendship, hopes, society, human spirit, social relations, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.2
 82K
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, discrimination, poverty, bollywood, village, journey, change of heart, search, self discovery, human spirit, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
To Save a Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jake Taylor has everything. He has a beautiful girl, he's the champion in basketball and beer pong, and everyone loves him. Then, an old childhood friend, whom Jake used to be friends with, commits suicide. Jake begins to think. He wonders what ...
Style: sincere, captivating, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, social differences, self discovery, bittersweet, misfit, youth, religious, teenage life, innocence lost, high school life, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 3K
Go (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Isao Yukisada spins this gritty coming-of-age tale about Sugihara, a Japanese-born, third-generation Korean who struggles to find a place in a society that will not accept him. The film begins with Sugihara studying at a Korean junior high school ...
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: racism, coming of age, teenage love, youth, society, fish out of water, parents and children, high school life, boxing, teenage life, social differences, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Beautiful Secret (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The beloved screen legend Katy Jurado, the lights one last time in the history of a special friendship that develops between a lonely old woman and Jorge, a rebellious teenager in Mexico City in 1984. Through the use flashbacks, Jorge, now an adult, ...
Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, human nature, rebellion, rebelliousness, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, youth, hopes, elderly, golden years, coming of age, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 80s
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.7
 263
Due East (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The movie spotlights an intelligent high school senior and National Merit Scholar (Bryant) who has never been part of the "in crowd." She teaches a high school equivalency night class, tends to the needs of her widower father, Jesse ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: single parent, small town, coming of age, teenage life, destructive relationship, lifestyle, love and romance, youth, couples, family relations, parents and children, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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I'm Gonna Explode (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible, right-leaning congressman. Recently enrolled in a new high school, the rebellious teen clumsily attempts to hang ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, rebelliousness, teenage love, friendship, society, rebellion, youth, romance, on the road, social differences, love and romance, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, teenage life, family in crisis, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 45
Max & Lenny (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Max and Lenny is the story of a friendship between two girls fighting for survival in a northern area of Marseille.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: friendship, ambition, follow your dream, teenage life, youth, family relations, hip hop, society, music, hopes, strong female presence, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
America So Beautiful (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This film follows the odyssey of a group of Iranian immigrants in Los Angeles, trying to find their place in America amidst the unfolding of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: disco, racism, lifestyle, follow your dream, culture clash, nightlife, interracial relations, injustice, society, misfit, nightclub, immigrants ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
In Between Days (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, friendship, teenage life, unfulfillment, youth, society, unfulfilled love, love, couples, love and romance, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 6.7
 550
Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: redemption, youth, power relations, juvenile delinquency, reach out, human spirit, society, hopes, fire brigade, friendship, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Time for Dancing (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Their love of dance, and their friendship, is challenged for two high school girls when one is diagnosed with cancer.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, life is a bitch, ambition, follow your dream, teenage life, lifestyle, single parent, unfulfillment, society, dancing, determination ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Home Beyond the Sun (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Home Beyond the Sun is the story of persecution, faith, and freedom escaping a world of fear. A bible college student, Jenna goes to teach in an area of China where her faith is forbidden. She discovers an orphanage and befriends a Chinese orphan, ...
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: orphan, family relations, rebellion, rich and poor, adoption, hopes, society, life is a bitch, religions or cults, christian, teacher, pursuit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.3
 638
America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: psychological, sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: youth, teenage life, custody, human spirit, family in crisis, sexual abuse, mental illness, doctors and patients, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 535
Abandoned (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: corporal punishment, kids in trouble, friendship, teenage life, human spirit, boarding school life, orphan, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, custody ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.8
 277
Ricochet River (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: hree teenagers looking for adventure find more than they expected in this coming-of-age drama. High school seniors Wade (Jason James Richter) and Lorna (Kate Hudson) have spent all their lives in the small logging town of Calamus Grove, a ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, culture clash, self discovery, interracial relations, teenage life, love and romance, lifestyle, best friends, society, on the road, small town, youth ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Owl and the Sparrow (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In modern-day Saigon, three lonely strangers form a unique family as a ten-year old orphan plays matchmaker to a zookeeper and a beautiful flight attendant.
Style: sincere, serious, uplifting, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: matchmaking, orphan, couples, friendship, optimism, human nature, love and romance, society, youth, opposites attract, on the run, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, saigon, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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