Movies like Runaway 1989

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Runaway (1989)
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Runaway (1989)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: After witnessing the accidental death of a friend who was attempting to rescue him from bullies, an African-American boy blames himself and, stricken with guilt, hides out among underground street people in New York.
Plot: thief, police, friendship, handicapped, bully, drug dealer, street fight, african american, kindness, runaway, sadness, honesty, accidental death, diner, vietnam veteran, waitress, guilt, sculpture, friend, hiding, aunt nephew relationship, streetwise, sketch artist, subway station, hit by a truck ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to Runaway

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, feel good and sentimental films with plots about friendship, family relations, friend, father son relationship, youth, girl and friends mostly in Drama, Family and Comedy genres. Some movies like Runaway: Lily in Winter (1994), Alan & Naomi (1992), Sally Marshall Is Not an Alien (1999), The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry (2008), Sounder (1972). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Lily in Winter (1994)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lily Covington, a Manhattan housekeeper, embarks on a trip to the rural Alabama town of her youth. To Lily's surprise, her employer's nine-year-old son Michael stows away for the ride. Together, Lily and Michael realize just how alike and ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, emotional, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, bittersweet, nanny, society, switching roles, on the run, crimes, racism, kidnapping, missing person, african american ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, alabama, usa, manhattan new york city, southern usa
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95%
 6.8
 428
Alan & Naomi (1992)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Naomi, a young refugee from Nazi-occupied Paris, moves into Alan Silverman’s building in New York, he does his best to avoid her. But despite Naomi's strange behavior and the language barrier, they slowly develop a deep and touching ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, family relations, haunted by the past, friendship, post traumatic stress disorder, friends, battles, youth, against humanity, misfit, coming of age, dealing with death ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Sally Marshall Is Not an Alien (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young girl obsessed with watching the heavens bets her telescope with the local bully that their oddly acting new neighbours are not aliens from outer space.
Plot: brother sister relationship, telescope, girl, bully, tolerance, stranger, alien, investigation, bet, suburbs, neighbor, boy ...
Place: adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The lives of three 12-year-old buddies -- sharing a carefree existence in the summer of 1970 -- suddenly change when one of them, Dustin, makes an unexpected friend after cutting the lawn of 75-year-old Jonathan Sperry. As Jonathan shares lessons in ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: family, friendship, buddies, elderly, golden years, friends, small town, funeral, boy, friendship between boys, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 4K
Sounder (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, prison, dog, interracial relations, racism, against the odds, school, prisoner of war camp, great depression, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
An American Girl Holiday (2004)
Genre: Drama, Family
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: touching, feel good, sweet, fairy tale, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: rich and poor, family relations, friendship, young heroes, uncle niece relationship, orphan, teenage life, master and servant, family, best friends, society, social differences ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Letter Writer (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When a teenager receives a mysterious letter in the mail, she sets out to find the author. It's a journey that will change her life forever.
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: teenage life, honesty, youth, friendship, parents and children, family relations, rebelliousness, aging, religions or cults, father daughter relationship, intergenerational friendship, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two runaway kids hide in a museum. Once they are locked inside overnight, they try to solve a mystery about a statue supposedly carved by Michaelangelo, known as "The Angel". Will they solve the mystery in time?
Plot: runaway, museum, secret, sculpture, angel, hiding, brother sister relationship, hidden, statue, art museum, marbles
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 18
A Piggy Tale (1991)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Story: Dolly, a lovely, adorable little girl from the mountain region. Due to the death of her parents, she was sent to her parents' friend, Mrs. Chu's care. When Dolly and her mini pig playmate, Guava, first came to Taipei, they brought a great ...
Plot: family relations, animals, father son relationship, death of mother, surrogate family, girl, friendship, husband wife relationship, friend, pig, death of father, orphan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Bridge to Terabithia (1985)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Jess Aarons and new girl Leslie Burke create a world of their own and call it Terabithia and pretend to be the king and queen. They return to their magical kingdom every day after school.
Plot: school, bereavement, drawing, first love, puppy, boy, family relations, student, friendship, little girl, father son relationship, teacher ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Set in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression, Billy Coleman works hard and saves his earnings for 2 years to achieve his dream of buying two coonhound pups. He develops a new trust in God as he faces overwhelming challenges in adventure ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, adventure, follow your dream, contests and competitions, family relations, hunting, coming of age, wilderness, hound dog, animal life, mountain, ghost ...
Time: 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.
Style: semi serious, touching, feel good
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: countryside, friendship, coming of age, family relations, parents and children, contests and competitions, youth, family, adventure, orphan, animal life, friends ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
And the Children Shall Lead (1985)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Mississippi in the early '60s is the setting for this story of a 12-year-old African-American girl who, along with her white friends, tries to ease increasing racial tensions.
Style: cult film
Plot: civil rights, racial tension, white supremacy, bullying, social injustice, family, church, sheriff, children, cross cultural relations, racism, interracial friendship ...
Time: 60s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
A Girl of the Limberlost (1990)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage girl living in 1908 rural Indiana attends high school despite her mother's fierce opposition of her life, the friendship of a free-spirted older woman helps her stick to her goals.
Plot: countryside, teenage angst, mother daughter relationship, friendship, family relations, naturalist, violinist, single mother, child's point of view, farm, teen angst, teenage girl ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Little Crumb (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The film is based on the popular Dutch childrens book by Chris van Abkoude. In a Dutch port in 1921 lives a 10-year-old orphan boy known to everyone simply as Little Crumb (Ruud Feltkamp). His poverty-stricken mother Lize van Dien (Thekla Reuten) ...
Plot: orphan, orphanage, friendship, father son relationship, boy, dog, friend, hopes, family relations, street life, harbor, pianist ...
Time: 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Life! Camera Action... (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young girl in pursuit of her dreams of becoming a filmmaker against all odds.
Style: serious, suspenseful, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: cultural difference, culture clash, society, dream, life, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, family relations, family reunited, director, filmmaking, family problems ...
Place: new jersey, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A fourth grader and her friends deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class.
Style: semi serious, feel good, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, youth, family life, family relations, family, school, brother sister relationship, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, teacher student relationship, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Black Beauty (2020)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK, South Africa, Germany, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Born free in the American West, Black Beauty is a horse rounded up and brought to Birtwick Stables, where she meets spirited teenager Jo Green. The two forge a bond that carries Beauty through the different chapters, challenges and adventures.
Style: sexy, sincere, unusual plot structure, psychological, captivating
Plot: girl horse relationship, wild horse, horse ranch, horse riding, horse race, teenage boy, teenager, female protagonist, teenage girl, horse trainer, uncle niece relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Christmas Oranges (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a town not so far away and a time not so long ago, baby Rose was left on the porch of Greenwoods Orphanage, where Mrs. Hartley (Nancy Stafford) and the children under her tender care become her family. But when tragedy strikes, Rose (Bailee ...
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, fairy tale, social ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphanage, christmas, orphan, christmas eve, slice of life, friendship, kindness, lifestyle, christmas spirit, care, child protagonist, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Someone Was Watching (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When Chris falls asleep whilst supposed to be watching his little sister, Molly, she goes missing. Finding her colouring book by the river, everyone believes she drowned there and try and move on with their life. But when Chris and his best friend, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere
Plot: missing child, child protagonist, friendship, brother sister relationship, kidnapping, teenage boy, presumed dead, little girl, missing sister, missing daughter, best friend, rescue from drowning ...
Place: colorado, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Hiroshima Maiden (1988)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: "You have to think about whether they're really your friends," Johnny's dad says when Johnny talks to him about the grief his pals have been giving him lately. The other boys haven't exactly tried to understand why Dad ...
Plot: atomic bomb, surgery, disfigured face, disfigurement, racism, prejudice, fbi, family relations, japanese girl, friend, spy, friendship ...
Time: 50s, post world war two
Place: japan, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Christmas in Canaan (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set in the 1960s, Christmas in Canaan is a drama about a black family and a white family that learn to love each other out of their Christian beliefs.
Style: light, atmospheric, sentimental, captivating
Plot: christmas, racial prejudice, family relations, childhood, african american, father son relationship, farm, friendship, love, rivalry, society, poor ...
Time: 60s
Place: texas, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Only Clouds Move the Stars (1998)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Norway
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Eleven year old Maria has lost her little brother to cancer. Having disappeared into herself, her mother is no longer there for Maria and her father struggles to keep the family together. Maria meets Jacob, who is the same age as she, but with a ...
Plot: coming of age, loss of brother, mother daughter relationship, death of brother, friendship, father daughter relationship, death, friend, mourning, boy girl relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, grandfather granddaughter relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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A Christmas Memory (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried.
Style: uplifting, feel good, atmospheric, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: family relations, small town, friendship, christmas, friends, small town life, family gatherings, countryside, adult virgin, eccentric family, family life, buddies ...
Place: southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Christmas Tree (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A story about a forming friendship between an elderly nun, Sister Anthony, and New York's Rockefeller Center's head gardener Richard Reilly, who wants to fell a tree she's been growing for decades and move it to New York for Christmas ...
Plot: nun, friendship, inspiration, holiday, christmas, friend, tree, unlikely friendships, gardener, christmas tree, christmas movie, female director
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Sweet Love, Bitter (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A loose fictitious of Charlie Parker's last years and a portrait of the jazz scene in 1960's New York.
Style: reflective
Plot: melancholy, cafe, alcohol abuse, urban setting, guilt, death, police, professor, compassion, friendship, drunkenness, musician ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Two and a Half Heroes (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Germany
Duration: 52 min.
Story: It is the story of the unusual friendship that develops between Luka and Umut, two very different boys who meet by chance on the streets of Stuttgart. While Luka, the mute, communicates only through a bizarre hand puppet, the talkative Umut barely ...
Style: captivating, light, entertaining
Plot: bully, friend, friendship, youth, teenage boy, teenager, mute, mute character, mystery, secret, secret identity, boy
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 666
Contest (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Bullied high school student Tommy is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor, Matt, the school's most popular student and star athlete. Tommy is suspicious, but is forced to accept the awkward friendship in order to enter a cooking contest ...
Style: captivating, feel good, light, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, swimming, school, teenage life, youth, contests and competitions, rivalry, high school, couples, cooking and food, friends, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (1988)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The inspiring true-life drama of 17-year-old Niki Janus. After fleeing persecution in Greece, Niki and her family immigrate to West Virginia and begin living the American Dream. Among their friends is Big John Creed, a wise and helpful handyman. But ...
Plot: immigration, racism, teenage girl, world war one, greek, death of protagonist, friendship, immigrants, immigrant family, racial prejudice, african american, prejudice ...
Time: year 1916
Place: west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 2K
Alabama Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven year old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, exciting, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: wilderness, best friend, friendship, family, orphan, life turned upside down, father son relationship, boarding school life, father daughter relationship, boy, survival, adventurer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%