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Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
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Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, Denmark, Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: William Franklin is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a school for wayward boys run by Brother John, who is a firm believer in strong discipline.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, serious, sincere, depressing, realistic
Plot: child abuse, dedicated educator, juvenile delinquency, gay rape, reformatory, child rape, boarding school life, orphan, corporal punishment, discipline, reform school, teachers and students, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, society, punishment, power relations, child molestation, sexual abuse, rivalry, rebelliousness, abuse, children, coming of age ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: ireland, europe, spain

Most similar movies to Song for a Raggy Boy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, power relations, youth, rebellion, hopes and fighting the system mostly in Drama, History and Action genres. Some movies like Song for a Raggy Boy: The Boys of St. Vincent (1992), Evil (2003), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Abandoned (2001), King of Devil's Island (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: realistic, disturbing, sexy, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophilia, child molestation, child abuse, man boy relationship, homosexual rape, catholic priest, orphanage, underage sex, child molester, pedophile priest, sexual abuse, rape of a minor ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
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Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: rebellion, bully, coming of age, violence, friendship, corporal punishment, private school, rebelliousness, boarding school life, life is a bitch, boarding school, humiliation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, brutal, disturbing, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: convent, nun, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, sexual harassment, violence against women, human spirit, sin, punishment, evil nun, sexual abuse, mistreatment ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, latin america, europe
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60%
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 588
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: uplifting, serious, sincere, touching, art house ...
Plot: corporal punishment, kids in trouble, orphan, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, boarding school life, human spirit, family problems, society, hopes ...
Time: 60s
Place: hungary, europe
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100%
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King of Devil's Island (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, ...
Style: bleak, tense, atmospheric, visually appealing, serious ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: prison life, punishment, island, juvenile detention, sexual abuse, prison, reform school, child abuse, rebellion, isolation, survival, riot ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, eastern europe, japan
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100%
Little Red Flowers (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China, Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Liang is a four-year-old little rebel, possessed of a pair of luminous eyes and a precociously indomitable will. His father deposits him at a well-appointed residential kindergarten in post-1949 Beijing, since his parents are often away. Life at the ...
Style: serious, realistic, humorous, touching
Plot: children, boarding school, rebelliousness, kindergarten, boarding school life, rebellion, lifestyle, society, hopes, orphan, dedicated educator, road not taken ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, china
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100%
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The 13 Roses (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: True story of thirteen totally normal young women that suffered harsh questioning and were put in prison under made up charges of helping the rebellion against Franco back in the 1940s. Despite of their innocence, the thirteen were soon executed ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: spanish civil war, injustice, social decay, false accusation, woman in danger, false arrest, prison life, political unrest, idealism, betrayal, society, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: spain
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100%
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Forever Mary (1989)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A teacher discovers his calling. Marco relocates to Palermo from Milan and takes a job teaching in a reform school while he waits for a high school position. He tries to understand and motivate his handful of students, reading them colloquial ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, touching ...
Plot: reformatory, youth, transvestism, prison, juvenile delinquent, reform, school, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, teachers and students, prison life, transsexual ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, palermo italy
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67%
Black Shack Alley (1983)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Martinique
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living. The overseer can fine a worker for the smallest infraction. The way to advance is to do well in ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: youth, woman, little boy, grandmother, school, poverty, society, mischievous children, single parent, young heroes, coming of age, orphan ...
Time: 1930s
Place: africa, europe, france
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26%
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Silenced (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on actual events that took place at Gwangju Inhwa School for the hearing-impaired, where young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years in the early 2000s.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: child abuse, sex crime, mute or deaf, rape, disability, deaf mute, teacher student sex, sign language, punishment, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, deaf ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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26%
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Evelyn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Ireland, UK, Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, feel good ...
Plot: lawyer, court, mercy, family problems, unemployment, against the odds, parents and children, children, fighting the system, single father, convent school, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: ireland, australia, boston, europe, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Groenten uit Balen (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Belgium
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The story of the laborer family Debruycker during the turbulent strike by Vieille Montagne in 1971.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy
Plot: rebellion, fighting the system, working class, labor union, workplace situations, society, parents and children, human spirit, workplace, factory worker, family life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: belgium, europe
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25%
The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Religious and cultural reawakening inspires rebellion in a 19th century Norwegian village.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, epic, bleak
Plot: rebellion, christianity, rebel, religions or cults, rebelliousness, political unrest, life is a bitch, society, state affairs, tragic event, war, decapitation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, norway
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25%
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Comrades (1986)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of 19th century English farm labourers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: deportation, labor union, secret movement, negotiation, injustice, power relations, rich and poor, rebelliousness, working class, human spirit, social differences, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, england, britain
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25%
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Skin (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In the late Seventies, a Dutch teenager named Frankie, who is the son of a holocaust survivor, lives in a working class area in Holland. Frankie’s mother is taken to hospital in a terminal condition, causing a bigger rift between him and his ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak, non-linear ...
Plot: racism, gang, crimes, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, society, life is a bitch, downfall, youth, prison life, teenage life, anti semitism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Hanussen (1988)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Hungary, West Germany, Austria
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid ...
Style: spiritual, realistic, serious, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: world war two, world war one, uncover truth, nazi occultism, german history, interwar period, assassination, nazism, hypnosis, distopia, oracle, totalitarianism ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: germany, eastern europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
It All Starts Today (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Set in a forlorn mining town near Valencienne in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once prosperous village and its inhabitants. Philippe Torreton, who won a César for Best Actor with his title role ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, education, dedicated educator, kindergarten, human rights, corrupt system, professor, bittersweet, idealism, small town life, dysfunctional family, social decay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Some Mother's Son (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: political, sexy, bleak, bloody, gloomy ...
Plot: lawyer, terrorist, british, betrayal, politics, prison, ira, human spirit, death, justice, murder, irish ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, vatican, northern ireland
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25%
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Behavior (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Meet Chala, an eleven year-old boy with a hard life and strong respect for Carmela, his sixth grade teacher. The pair develops a solid bond, but after Carmela suffers an accident, things get complicated…
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, suspense ...
Plot: education, alcoholic mother, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, fighting the system, teachers and students, urban ghetto life, hopes, youth, society, dedicated educator, rebellion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, coming of age, rape, dysfunctional family, family relations, child rape, parents and children, life is a bitch, child abuse, domestic violence, stepfather stepdaughter relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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25%
Red Like the Sky (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nearly sightless boy is sent to a school for blind children, where he secretly discovers the possibilities of the recorded sound.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching, factual ...
Plot: blind character, coming of age, against the odds, fighting the system, ambition, follow your dream, rebellion, human spirit, friendship, society, youth, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, tuscany
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25%
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Cheaters (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High conspires with the school's academic decathlon team to cheat on an academic competition.
Style: realistic, serious, clever, sincere, offbeat
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, lifestyle, ambition, society, dedicated educator, youth, contests and competitions, rivalry, teenage life, teachers and students, social differences, education ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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25%
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 477
Strike (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In poverty, she found strength. In oppression, she found courage. In solidarity, she found a reason to believe again. Acclaimed German actress Katharina Thalbach (THE TIN DRUM, SOPHIE’S CHOICE) stars in this hard-hitting historical drama set during ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: politics, working class, labor union, rebellion, fighting the system, ambition, human spirit, injustice, society, workplace, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 7.0
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Maya (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 105 min.
Story: MAYA is a coming of age story set against an outlawed brutal practice of ritual rape still occurring in some parts of India.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, youth, sexual abuse, introspection, parents and children, moral dilemma, kids in trouble, religions or cults, injustice, life is a bitch, society, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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25%
Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: realistic, uplifting, touching, serious, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: education, school, fighting the system, human spirit, parents and children, teachers and students, hopes, society, youth, changing lives, social relations, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
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25%
Tom Brown's Schooldays (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The determined new headmaster of an English prep school attempts to reform the frequently unruly students, who are tormented by a ruthless bully.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: corporal punishment, boarding school, bullying, coming of age, friends, self discovery, dedicated educator, hardcase students, misfit, lifestyle, power relations, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, europe
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24%
 5.3
 209
The Beat (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, poetry, teenage life, idealism, fighting the system, youth, rebellion, dedicated educator, society, life is a bitch, stoners, school ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
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24%
 6.2
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Endgame (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bomb, rebellion, hopes, politics, siege, revolution, life is a bitch, fighting the system, unlikely partners, state affairs, leadership, folk hero ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, england, europe, cape town south africa
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24%
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Shackles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.
Style: realistic, captivating, suspense, touching, semi serious
Plot: prison, dedicated educator, starting over, hardcase students, ambition, human spirit, prison life, idealism, rehabilitation, hopes, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
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24%
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Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: rough, bleak, political, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: ira, irish republican army, civil rights, politics, protest, rebellion, ethnic conflict, political unrest, state affairs, fighting the system, social problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, california, israel, europe ...
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24%