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Like Stars on Earth (2007)
 8.4
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Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Original name: तारे जमीं पर
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and neatness. Ishaan cannot seem to get anything right in class; he is then sent to boarding school, where his life changes forever.
Style: touching, serious, captivating, realistic, uplifting, emotional, motivational
Plot: teachers and students, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, boarding school, optimism, teenage life, boarding school life, dedicated educator, friendship, teacher, loneliness, school, fish out of water, young heroes, childhood, hopes, coming of age, dyslexia, little boy, painter, misfit, painting, shyness, student, fish ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india

Most similar movies to Like Stars on Earth

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sentimental films with plots about youth, school, friendship, teacher, power relations, teachers and students and hopes mostly in Drama, Family and Comedy genres. Some movies like Like Stars on Earth: The Chorus (2004), My Name Is Khan (2010), English Vinglish (2012), Dead Poets Society (1989), Front of the Class (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 50K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, feel good, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, music, teachers and students, teacher, friendship, singer, childhood, musician, children, rebellion, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
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, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: muslim, false accusation, mental illness, prejudice, true love, hopes, president, bollywood, love and romance, protagonist as suspect, autism, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
English Vinglish (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 134 min.
Story: ENGLISH VINGLISH is the story of a woman who does not know English and is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large. Circumstances make her determined to overcome this insecurity, master the language, and teach the world a lesson on ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: housewife, unsupportive spouse, wedding, speech, classroom, foreign language, french, homosexual, self discovery, urban, xenophobia, bollywood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan, new york city, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, intellectual, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, poetry, teaching the ways of the world, first love, teacher, dedicated educator, youth, professor, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, school, family relations, dedicated educator, follow your dream, family, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 281K
3 Idiots (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 170 min.
Story: In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like ...
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, entertaining, inspirational ...
Plot: rebelliousness, student life, friends, teachers and students, student, college, comedy of errors, friendship, romance, buddies, bollywood, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 793
Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, family, young heroes, small town, family relations, small town life, friends, orphan, countryside, hopes ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Stanley studies in the all-boys Holy Family High School in Andheri East, Mumbai. While his class-mates bring their own tiffin-boxes, Stanley does not do so on the pretext that his mother is away. His friends share their food with him, much to the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, teachers and students, youth, power relations, family, social relations, cooking, cake, teacher, blackboard, student, soccer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, friendship, high school life, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, life is a bitch, teachers and students, family problems, school, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Beyond the Blackboard (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story, “Beyond the Blackboard” is about a 24-year-old first-time teacher who makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter’s makeshift classroom. Set in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: homeless, teacher, dedicated educator, idealism, school, children, teachers and students, hopes, youth, power relations, society, reach out ...
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: boarding school, bullying, rugby, coming of age, dedicated educator, hardcase students, social misfits, idealism, teachers and students, boarding school life, teenage life, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 32K
The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, dedicated educator, school, high school, french, education, high school teacher, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Children of Heaven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Zohre's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zohre until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits...
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: siblings relations, childhood, poverty, school, foot race, family, children, financial problem, young heroes, unemployment, perseverance, health situation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Little Princess (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: boarding school, servant, attic, imagination, friendship, british, school, orphan, rich poor, little girl, fantasy life, schoolgirl ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: india, new york, usa, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, dog, friends, pets, family, loyalty, death, loneliness, human animal relationship, sacrifice, loss of loved one, loss of friend ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: usa, japan, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, feel good, enigmatic ...
Plot: village life, schoolboy, village, young heroes, on the road, obsessive quest, new wave, human nature, teachers and students, society, youth, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 79K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, african american, drug abuse, loneliness, friendship, high school, bicycle, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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We Shall Overcome (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Denmark
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A drama about a boy who's inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and challenges repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: teachers and students, classroom, coming of age, elementary school, rebellion, depression, child, village, bravery, becoming an adult, parent child relationship, rock ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.8
 72K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: exciting, touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, small town, against the odds, generation gap, nasa, teenage life, satellite, friendship, rocket, coal mine, student ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 207
Amy (1981)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A woman leaves her husband after the death of her child to teach deaf children how to speak. Her own child was deaf and although she has no formal training she successfully teaches one boy.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, dedicated educator, countryside, mute or deaf, teachers and students, disability, misfit, youth, power relations, downfall, rise and fall, showbiz ...
Time: 1900s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
An American Girl Holiday (2004)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Kindhearted Samantha Parkington's world starts to change the day Nellie O'Malley walks into her life. Nellie, her father, and her two little sisters have moved in next door to be servants for the Ryland family. Though they come from ...
Style: feel good, touching, sweet, fairy tale, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: young heroes, friendship, rich and poor, family, teenage life, society, uncle niece relationship, coming of age, orphan, best friends, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1900s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere, clever ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, cheating, reunion, greek, hypocrisy, senator, confession, coming of age, dedicated educator, teachers and students, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 6.5
 209
Taliesin Jones (2000)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Not quite a religious film, not quite a coming-of-age story, not quite a kiddie flick, and not quite a supernatural horror movie, Taliesin Jones's identity crisis nonetheless reveals a sweet examination of one child and his thoughts on God.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: school, teenage boy, coming of age, redemption, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, child illness, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, midlife crisis ...
Time: 90s
Place: wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
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Speak (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, innocence lost, teenage life, high school, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, high school life, unsupportive friend, school, misfit, small town, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
School of Life (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: At Fallbrook Middle School, the annual student-elected Teacher of the Year award is held. And every year for the last 43 years Norman Warner or most fondly called Stormin' Norman Warner has won the award. Now that he has died, the burden of ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: school, friends, uninhibited rivalry, high school, family, rivalry, family relations, goofy hero, friendship, parents and children, high school life, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Chillar Party (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A gang of innocent but feisty kids who lead carefree lives in Chandan Nagar colony take own the big bad world of politics when one of their friend's life is endangered.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, sentimental
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, mischievous children, school, family, youth, disorder, friends, teachers and students, fighting the system, against the odds, ambition, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.8
 33K
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: disturbing, serious, emotional, psychological, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, rebelliousness, boarding school life, bully, humiliation, rebellion, hardcase students, boarding school, violence, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.2
 140K
The Karate Kid (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, China
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, uplifting, serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, sport, human spirit, underdog, friendship, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, family, mentor, intergenerational friendship, perseverance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, asia, michigan, detroit, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.0
 99K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of August Pullman – a boy with facial differences – who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Style: uplifting, sincere, thought provoking, touching, inspirational
Plot: middle school, school, family, friendship, bullying, family relations, halloween, child, deformity, fight, mask, hospital ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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