Movies like Like Stars on Earth

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Like Stars on Earth (2007)
 8.4
 138K
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Original name: Taare Zameen Par
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, emotional, realistic, uplifting, motivational
Plot: teachers and students, self discovery, boarding school, teacher, teaching the ways of the world, optimism, teenage life, boarding school life, school, loneliness, friendship, fish out of water, childhood, young heroes, dedicated educator, dog, student, misfit, painting, fish, shyness, underdog, painter, little boy, dyslexia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 friendship, youth, teacher, school, hopes, coming of age and power relations mostly in Drama, Family and Comedy genres. Some movies like Like Stars on Earth: The Chorus (2004), English Vinglish (2012), Wonder (2017), Front of the Class (2008), Dead Poets Society (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.9
 52K
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: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, boarding school life, music, teacher, teachers and students, singer, musician, friendship, childhood, boss, abuse, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: humorous, semi serious, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Plot: housewife, unsupportive spouse, foreign language, self esteem, self fulfillment, fish out of water, humiliation, doubts and hesitations, family relations, family life, self discovery, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 8.0
 111K
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, thought provoking, sincere, inspirational, touching
Plot: school, middle school, family, bullying, friendship, family relations, deformity, child, halloween, fight, father son relationship, hospital ...
Place: pennsylvania, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, school, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, dedicated educator, family relations, teenage life, human spirit, family values, rejection, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.4
 294K
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, inspirational, touching, semi serious, entertaining ...
Plot: rebelliousness, student life, friends, student, college, teachers and students, romance, friendship, comedy of errors, bollywood, talented, anti conformity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, rivalry, self esteem, african american, human nature, human spirit, hopes, family relations, contests and competitions, elementary school, self discovery, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Colour It Yellow (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits ...
Style: serious, realistic, feel good
Plot: police brutality, pilot, politics, corruption, murder, rebelliousness, patriotism, student, rebellion, radio, introspection, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, new delhi, delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: sentimental, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, teachers and students, family, youth, power relations, social relations, teacher, student, calendar, blackboard, elementary school, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, touching, sentimental, compassionate ...
Plot: poverty, school, siblings relations, foot race, family, financial problem, young heroes, childhood, unemployment, children, health situation, perseverance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: realistic, serious, touching, feel good, enigmatic ...
Plot: village life, village, schoolboy, on the road, social differences, society, human nature, power relations, new wave, obsessive quest, family relations, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.8
 74K
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, realistic, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, generation gap, against the odds, small town, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 817
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, orphan, family, small town, friends, young heroes, small town life, family relations, hopes, change of heart ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, rugby, bullying, social misfits, dedicated educator, boarding school life, lifestyle, misfit, society, hopes, hardcase students ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, captivating, touching, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, loneliness, escape from reality, imaginary, loss of friend, childhood, magical, social misfits, secret, tragic event, imaginary kingdom, classmates ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: dog, friendship, friends, loyalty, family, pets, loneliness, death, human animal relationship, loss of friend, loss of loved one, loss of family member ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: usa, japan, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: emotional, serious, uplifting, touching, realistic
Plot: homeless, teacher, idealism, youth, society, hopes, dedicated educator, teachers and students, changing lives, reach out, dedication, power relations ...
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: not serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, hopes, life risking, teachers and students, friends, power relations, rebellion, ambition, family, mischievous children, youth, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: captivating, realistic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: teachers and students, classroom, parents and children, power relations, rebellion, coming of age, youth, elementary school, farm, fighting the system, hopes, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: boarding school life, cheating, reunion, hypocrisy, teachers and students, coming of age, rebelliousness, contests and competitions, haunted by the past, ambition, youth, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 20K
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, young heroes, hopes, animal life, human spirit, trap, boy, summer, destiny, heroes, mother son relationship, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 69K
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, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, unhappy, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 80K
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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, rough ...
Plot: teacher, student, liberal, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, cocaine, coach, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: boarding school, attic, servant, imagination, british, school, reunion, soldier, princess, french, rescue, private school ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: india, new york, usa, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, first love, high school life, social misfits, love and romance, shyness, adolescence, friends, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Feast at Midnight (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A new student at a British public school forms a secret society centered around cooking and midnight feasting with other school misfits and outcasts.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: boarding school, school, secret society, power relations, coming of age, teenage life, buddies, heroes, family life, youth, friendship, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 207
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: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental
Plot: coming of age, school, teenage boy, death in the family, teenage life, family problems, midlife crisis, youth, self discovery, homecoming, dysfunctional family, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.7
 979
Mirage (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of Macedonia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As Macedonia faces its difficult transition, a boy escapes into a world of his own creation.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious
Plot: coming of age, school, poet, betrayal, single parent, youth, high school, rehabilitation, dysfunctional family, village, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: macedonia, europe, former yugoslavia, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 868
Opal Dream (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Pobby & Dingan are invisible. They live in an opal town in Australia and are friends with Kellyanne, the 9 year-old daughter of an opal miner. The film tells the story of the bizarre and inexplicable disappearance of Pobby & Dingan, ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, miner, imaginary friend, best friends, coming of age, small town, culture clash, single parent, youth, self discovery, social relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Moondance Alexander (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with another uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony named Checkers who has jumped out of his paddock. Although Moondance ...
Style: feel good, realistic, serious
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, misfit, skating, high school, follow your dream, contests and competitions, teachers and students, family, athlete and trainer, young heroes, hopes, high school life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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