Movies like The Heart of Christmas

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The Heart of Christmas (2011)
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The Heart of Christmas (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Dax Ryan Locke, born to Julie and Austin Locke on June 26, 2007, was diagnosed with AML M7, a rare form of leukemia, when he was 13 months old. The Heart of Christmas is set in Washington, Illinois and at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases in children. Told in flashback from the perspective of Megan (Candace Cameron Bure), a successful businesswoman, wife and mother of two, the storyline unfolds when her commitment to faith and family is renewed after reading the blog of Julie Locke, (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/daxlocke), the online journal that Julie kept after Dax was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) (http://theheartofchristmasmovie.com/story.php).
Style: touching, uplifting, emotional, sad, serious, realistic, based on true events
Audience: family outing
Plot: sick child, terminal illness, sad ending, parents and children, child illness, family life, small town, dealing with death, leukemia, family relations, kindness, halloween, teamwork, neighbor neighbor relationship, life is a bitch, society, family problems, single parent, social relations, estrangement, bittersweet, small town life, unfulfillment, religions or cults, illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2009
Place: usa, illinois

Most similar movies to The Heart of Christmas

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, family life and small town mostly in Drama, Family and Western genres. Some movies like The Heart of Christmas: Louder Than Words (2013), Heaven's Door (2012), Johnny (2010), The Way Home (2010), Christmas at Maxwell's (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Louder Than Words (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child illness, parents and children, couples, family problems, human spirit, last wish, life is a bitch, hospital, death of daughter, family relations, dealing with death, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Heaven's Door (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Julie Taylor has a problem how to cope with a pending divorce, find meaningful employment, live with her mother's constant advice and raise her two children. In their small rural town it isn't so much what people say as what they believe. ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, captivating, light, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: parents and children, supernatural, family, social relations, family relations, youth, small town, miraculous event, small town life, parallel world, parents separation, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
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Johnny (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When Dr. Drew Carter tragically loses his ten-year old son in a car accident, he didn’t expect to lose his whole family as well. Since the accident, his wife (Julia) has become emotionally absent towards him and their daughter. When Johnny, a ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, adoption, family problems, child illness, religions or cults, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family in crisis, death in the family, leukemia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.0
 728
The Way Home (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family to search for their missing two year-old boy and through doing so changed the lives of many of those involved.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: missing child, hopes, family relations, social relations, couples, family problems, family in crisis, couple relations, missing person, countryside, police chase, flashback ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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74%
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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, child illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, bittersweet, family problems, child illness, family in crisis, death in the family, doctors and patients, against the odds, small town, parents and children, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sentimental, sad, heartbreaking, compassionate, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: sick child, mother daughter relationship, terminal illness, cancer, moral dilemma, parenthood, family life, life is a bitch, family relations, childhood, sisters, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Letters to God (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact. An unsuspecting substitute postman, with a troubled life of his own, becomes entangled in the boy's ...
Style: christian film, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: god, hopes, friendship, postman, letter, child illness, family problems, parents and children, terminal illness, redemption, family life, pastor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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61%
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Charlie & Me (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When her beloved grandfather Charlie suddenly falls ill, twelve year-old Casey finds herself making some life or death decisions - and learning to live with the consequences.
Style: uplifting, feel good, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, single parent, love and romance, hopes, elderly, self discovery, death in the family, friends, bittersweet, golden years, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Candles on Bay Street (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: DeeDee returns to her hometown with her 11 year old son, Trooper, 13 years after she ran off with her boyfriend. Her childhood best friend, Sam, is now married and he and his wife, Lydia, are the town's veterinarians. Lydia is a little wary ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: veterinarian, adoption, single parent, homecoming, social relations, couple relations, terminal illness, life is a bitch, parents and children, couples, unfulfillment, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: gay parent, forgiveness, family relations, last wish, redemption, haunted by the past, family problems, estrangement, life is a bitch, hopes, terminal illness, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Love's Abiding Joy (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The continued Westward journey of settlers Missie and Willie Lahaye. Their roots now firmly planted as they set up homestead in the far West, Missie begins to realize her passion for teaching as Willie cares for the couple's young daughter ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: family relations, optimism, family problems, crumbling marriage, couple relations, parents and children, death in the family, frame up, death of child, couples, social relations, dealing with death ...
Time: 19th century, contemporary, 21st century, 1880s
Place: usa
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57%
The Maldonado Miracle (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A story about a small, dying town in need of hope until one day a young boy gives them something to believe in.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: miraculous event, small town, family relations, church, family life, human nature, society, clergy, hopes, religions or cults, village, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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55%
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Snowmen (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three young friends find adventure and purpose in their attempts to set a Guinness World Record. Set in a wintry mountain town, the unpopular trio pursues fame through a series of schemes and stunts that eventually imperil their own lives. Along the ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: bully, friendship, human spirit, youth, ambition, desire for fame, elementary school, terminal illness, family, against the odds, life is a bitch, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Two Against Time (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This film finds a mother and her teen daughter both being diagnosed with cancer. This discovery helps to overcome the longtime antagonistic relationship that the two have developed.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, humorous
Plot: cancer, family life, dysfunctional family, race against time, survival, terminal illness, parents and children, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, family relations, couple relations, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
A Town Without Christmas (2001)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the small town of Seacliff, Wash., a child's letter to Santa Claus captures the nation's attention. When the little boy, Chris, writes that he wishes to leave this world so he will no longer be a burden to his divorcing parents, a race ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional
Plot: small town, parents and children, christmas, family problems, missing child, family in crisis, small town life, media, love and romance, journalism, letter, little boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington state, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Mermaid (2000)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Four year old Desi learns to accept the death of her father by sending him a letter on a balloon to which she receives a reply. Based on a true story.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: young heroes, bittersweet, family problems, single parent, hopes, family, parents and children, friendship, death in the family, child's point of view, widow, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Mary Christmas (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Californian widower Joel Wallace, a successful businessman, is a great catch in a grand mansion, but absorbed by his work. His daughter Felice writes to a TV Christmas special, hoping for a 'new mammy'.
Style: touching, feel good, captivating, light, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: family relations, nanny, single parent, christmas, hopes, family life, romance, parents and children, tv show, fall in love, wish come true, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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51%
Movie in collections
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Mayor Cupcake (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A hard-working cupcake maker is inadvertently elected mayor of a small town burdened with debt. Uneducated, she relies on her street smarts to clean up the town.
Style: humorous, sincere, captivating, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: rise to the top, campaign, society, small town life, family life, ambition, uneducated, family relations, parents and children, small town, family, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Christmas Bunny (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The Christmas Bunny tells the story of a lonely foster child (Sophie Bolen) who finds a lost, injured rabbit in the woods on Christmas Eve. The rabbit is nursed back to health by The Bunny Lady (Florence Henderson), who runs a rabbit rescue in an ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, captivating, sincere, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, friendship, family relations, family life, nursing, pets, coming of age, orphan, farm, rabbit, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: high school, family problems, human spirit, against the odds, terminal illness, child illness, disability, family relations, single parent, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, mentally challenged ...
Time: contemporary
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50%
The Sound of the Spirit (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Beautiful and precocious Rivka is a twelve-year-old Jewish girl who believes in Jesus. She and her father attend a Messianic Jewish congregation in their community. But when her father suddenly dies, Rivka's life changes forever. She ends up ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, christian film
Plot: society, family relations, love and romance, youth, culture clash, religions or cults, social relations, fall in love, coming of age, religion, jewish, death of father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
All Roads Lead Home (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story is about a 12 year old girl who loses her mother in an automobile accident. Her father struggles with the loss of his wife and trying to raise his young daughter who believes her father is partly responsible for her mother's death. ...
Style: serious, realistic, melancholic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, countryside, family problems, farm, hopes, dealing with death, single parent, death in the family, healing power, family relations, animal life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
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The Dark Horse (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Dark Horse is a story of struggle and redemption. Dana, a ballet teacher, reluctantly returns to her childhood home to discover it is about to be sold. To save the farm, and the family, she must tame her mother's dangerous black horse, and ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, horse ranch, equestrian, homecoming, family problems, hopes, parents and children, family life, farm, family in crisis, rider horse relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Other Woman (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Emilia, a law-school graduate, falls in love with her married boss, Jack. After Emilia marries Jack, her happiness turns unexpectedly to grief following the death of her infant daughter. Devastated, Emilia nonetheless carries on, attempting to forge ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy
Plot: family life, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, dealing with death, unfulfillment, death in the family, woman, hapless, overcoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Love's Resounding Courage (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family, Western
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Clark Davis struggles to maintain his land and support his family during a long drought. With a bank loan to repay, his wife, Ellen, takes a job in town as a seamstress, but soon becomes ill with scarlet fever. Devastated to lose his beloved wife, ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: farm, family relations, family problems, romance, dealing with death, single parent, parents and children, death in the family, fall in love, father son relationship, love and romance, old west ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The River Within (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Jason returns home to get away while he studies for the upcoming bar exam. After visiting his oldest friend, a "coulda-been-girlfriend" who is now engaged, and a pushy preacher, his easygoing summer becomes filled with unwanted drama. Over ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional
Plot: small town, couples, family relations, youth, society, self discovery, introspection, bittersweet, religions or cults, clergy, hopes, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Mary and Martha (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: malaria, terminal illness, human spirit, redemption, hopes, dealing with death, money raising, life is a bitch, state affairs, parent child relationship, death of child, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946 wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father, is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: family relations, christmas, family problems, homecoming, dysfunctional family, family life, custody, eccentric family, small town, small town life, parents and children, family gatherings ...
Time: 70s
Place: nebraska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Mooz-lum (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Thanks to a strict Muslim upbringing that largely shielded him from the outside world, Tariq's first year of college proves transformative. That is, until the 9/11 terrorist attacks invite growing suspicion and distrust from his angry ...
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, racism, social differences, college life, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, college, social relations, teachers and students, lifestyle, society, 9/11 ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%