Movies like We Bought a Zoo

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We Bought a Zoo (2011)
 7.1
 145K
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Benjamin has lost his wife and, in a bid to start his life over, purchases a large house that has a zoo – welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper and the rest of the staff, but, the zoo soon runs into financial trouble.
Style: sincere, feel good, touching, uplifting, inspirational, humorous, sentimental, funny, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: animals, single father, happy ending, father son relationship, parenthood, countryside, zoo, starting over, courage, beautiful scenery, love, family relations, children, tiger, father daughter relationship, zookeeper, little girl, animal death, family, teenage boy, teenage girl, lion, coping, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, united states, united states of america

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Most similar movies to We Bought a Zoo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, feel good, sentimental and sweet films with plots about family, storytelling, family relations, catastrophe, runaway, destiny and happy ending mostly in Drama, Comedy and Family genres. Some movies like We Bought a Zoo: Marley & Me (2008), Chef (2014), Secondhand Lions (2003), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.0
 159K
Marley & Me (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten the load, the film explores the highs and lows of ...
Style: touching, sad, sentimental, feel good, funny ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick, kids, girls' night ...
Plot: dog, friendship, animals, family, couple relations, pets, love, family relations, life, parenthood, marriage, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, ireland, florida, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.3
 217K
Chef (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with ...
Style: feel good, road movie, inspirational, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: food, chef, cooking and food, cooking, road trip, father son relationship, parent child relationship, happy ending, restaurant owner, business, starting over, internet ...
Time: future, contemporary, 2010s, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, florida, new orleans, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Secondhand Lions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: "Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, uncle nephew relationship, greed, adventure, family, youth, bittersweet, fish out of water, courage, sword fight, childhood, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1910s
Place: texas, africa, austin texas, usa, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the horse (in fact is a mare)and save it of being sacrificed by the owner.
Style: inspirational, touching, sentimental, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: horse, sport, horse race, family relations, redemption, animal training, honest, secrets, betrayal, racehorse, hopes, dream come true ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.
Style: touching, funny, semi serious, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: miraculous event, soccer, mother son relationship, adoption, disney, parents and children, family values, family, couple relations, desire, family relations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a successful businessman who’s clueless when it comes to the really important things in life...until he inherits six “adorable” penguins, each with its own unique personality. Soon Tom’s rambunctious roommates ...
Style: funny, humorous, entertaining, sweet, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: penguins, animals, pets, bird, children, animal life, adventure, family relations, animal training, parents and children, kids and family, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 70s, year 1978 ...
Place: antarctica, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.7
 21K
Martian Child (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A recently-widowed, science fiction writer considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially-rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.
Style: feel good, touching, emotional, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: adoption, father son relationship, orphan, imagination, friendship, parenthood, youth, family, alien, mars, eccentricity, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 269K
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Loving but irresponsible dad Daniel Hillard, estranged from his exasperated spouse, is crushed by a court order allowing only weekly visits with his kids. When Daniel learns his ex needs a housekeeper, he gets the job -- disguised as an English ...
Style: feel good, light, funny, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens, chick flick ...
Plot: cross dressing, family, divorce, nanny, comedy of errors, kids and family, children, family relations, custody battle, gender disguise, hidden identity, parenthood ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 5.8
 22K
Curly Sue (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold. Their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. When they scam the rich and beautiful Grey Ellison into believing she ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: homeless, family, orphan, children, little girl, single father, girl, destiny, daughter, cons and scams, society, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 211K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: touching, romantic, emotional, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: love story, death, love and romance, romance, grief, terminal illness, starting over, loss of spouse, life philosophy, loss of husband, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The film that started the classic TV series. Although he's only seven, Eddie's got it all figured out. He wants his father, a widower, to get remarried - to the girl next door. Unfortunately, she's not one of the women that his ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: single father, romance, friendship, happy ending, parenthood, widower, unlikely friendships, single parent, lone hero, adolescence, mentor, wooing ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 26K
Fly Away Home (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, chick flick, girls' night ...
Plot: goose, aviation, bird, rescue, animals, family, environmental, tragedy, against the odds, father daughter relationship, death in the family, childhood ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada, new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 165K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Canada
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: inspirational, uplifting, sincere, touching, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: bullying, school, child, friendship, middle school, family, father son relationship, happy ending, family relations, deformity, hospital, fight ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 82K
My Girl (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Vada Sultenfuss is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her father runs a funeral parlor. She is also in love with her English teacher, and joins a poetry class over the summer just to impress him. Thomas J., her best friend, is ...
Style: touching, feel good, emotional, sentimental, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, family outing, kids, teens ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, teenager, family, father daughter relationship, single parent, children, single father, family relations, mortician, dead child, love ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 21K
My Dog Skip (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, sad, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, coming of age, childhood, world war two, small town, child's point of view, friendship, animals, youth, family, baseball, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, oxford university, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
 4K
Shiloh (1996)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An abused beagle runs away from his owner. On the road, he meets young Marty Preston and follows him home. The boy immediately forms a bond with the dog and names him Shiloh. His stern father won't let him keep the dog because it belongs to ...
Style: touching, feel good, emotional, sweet, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, animal rescue, family, pets, youth, animals, destiny, greed, hopes, friendship, adventure, heroes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Author! Author! (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A broadway playwright is burning the candle at both ends. He is dealing with pressure from a production nearing premiere, a wife who is leaving him, and 5 children 4 of which belong to her.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, intense ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: playwright, writers, children, single parent, love and romance, large family, divorce, parents and children, youth, actress, single father, parenthood ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, israel, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 69K
Stepmom (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jackie is a divorced mother of two. Isabel is the career minded girlfriend of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke, forced into the role of unwelcome stepmother to their children. But when Jackie discovers she is ill, both women realise they must put aside ...
Style: sentimental, sad, touching, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: terminal illness, divorce, step parent, women, custody, parents and children, cancer, remarry, rebellious daughter, friendship, family life, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 5.7
 7K
Andre (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of how a marine seal named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, girls' night, chick flick ...
Plot: coming of age, animals, seal the animal, childhood, friendship, orphan, youth, family, small town, magic, runaway, stereotypes ...
Time: year 1962, 90s, 60s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 5K
Dad (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, doctors, hospital, family bonds, hopes, parents and children, family life, terminal illness, redemption, dysfunctional family, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, is 35 years old and still trying to find a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic ...
Style: touching, inspirational, sweet, light, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, direction and purpose, father son relationship, justice, tragedy, redemption, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, happy ending, actor's life, thirtysomething life, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 67K
Jersey Girl (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ollie Trinke is a young, suave music publicist who seems to have it all, with a new wife and a baby on the way. But life deals him a bum hand when he's suddenly faced with single fatherhood, a defunct career and having to move in with his ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, feel good, humorous, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: father daughter relationship, single father, love and romance, death in childbirth, death, love story, relationships, honest, death of wife, family relations, starting over, family life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
3 Men and a Baby (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guy's girlfriends.
Style: light, feel good, humorous, funny, touching ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, chick flick, teens
Plot: babies and infants, family, farce, custody, fish out of water, fatherhood, friendship, roommate, parents and children, life turned upside down, family problems, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Father of the Bride (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: George Banks is an ordinary, middle-class man whose 21 year-old daughter Annie has decided to marry a man from an upper-class family, but George can't think of what life would be like without his daughter. He becomes slightly insane, but his ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick, family outing ...
Plot: wedding, father daughter relationship, marriage, husband wife relationship, wedding planning, wedding preparations and rituals, parents and children, meet the parents, event planner, family relations, nothing goes right, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 50s
Place: california, los angeles, rome italy, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 253K
The Intern (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Style: inspirational, feel good, light, touching, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: workplace, friendship, mentor, life philosophy, elderly, office, unlikely friendships, business, fashion, prejudice, workplace situations, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco, brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 8K
Duma (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.
Style: sentimental, touching, sweet, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, teens
Plot: wild animal, lion, rescue, animals, adolescence, youth, adventure, bully, coming of age, desert, wilderness, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, kenya
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.0
 77K
Free Willy (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, chick flick ...
Plot: animals, friendship, killer whale, human animal relationship, freedom, adventure, family, animal life, ocean, happy ending, rescue, children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oregon, portland oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living ...
Style: entertaining, humorous, touching, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: family, childhood, disney, job interview, siblings relations, father son relationship, brothers, family relations, birthday party, coming of age, bad luck, young heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 21K
Simon Birch (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Simon Birch tells the story of Joe and Simon's heart-warming journey of friendship. Simon Birch was born with a condition that makes him much smaller than all the other kids in town. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way ...
Style: sentimental, sad, emotional, feel good, touching ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, teens, family outing
Plot: coming of age, friendship, destiny, disability, family relations, small town, justice, happy ending, life philosophy, illegitimate son, hopes, buddies ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 4.8
 3K
Buddy (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An eccentric socialite raises a gorilla as her son.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: gorilla, family, adventure, zoo, socialite, animals, friendship, unlikely friendships, adaptation, wilderness, family relations, kids and family ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: usa, canada, chicago illinois, new york, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%