Movies like Kenny 1987

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Kenny (1987)
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Kenny (1987)
Original name: The Kid Brother
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Japan, USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Kenny is a Canadian kid who has a couple of pals and, like a lot of the other lads, idolizes the jock his pretty older sister has chosen as her boyfriend. However, Kenny was born without legs or even the lower part of his body. He gets around (quite well, in fact) on his arms. He has been given a prosthesis that makes him look "normal," but he protests, rightly, that it was made so as to keep other people from getting upset at the sight of him -- it only slows him down. When his sister runs away during the filming of a documentary about how his family has coped with his handicap, he embarks on a solo journey to Philadelphia to find her. There, she pours out her heart, complaining that everything she values in her life has been turned inside out so as to serve and support her legless brother.
Style: psychological, sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, teenage life, best friends, youth, on the road, misfit, self discovery, hopes, urban ghetto life, mentally challenged, society, rehabilitation, siblings relations, underdog, family in crisis, urban ghetto, dog, hospital, doberman, child protagonist, skateboard, brother sister relationship, interview, paraplegic ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france, philadelphia, pittsburgh

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, serious, realistic and emotional films with plots about hopes, family relations, misfit, human spirit, disability, society and youth mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like Kenny: Miracle Run (2004), The Ryan White Story (1989), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), Dominick and Eugene (1988), Mask (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Miracle Run (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Single mom Corrine discovers that her twins are autistic. She refuses to give up on their potential, even though it seems that the rest of the world has turned its back on them. Thanks to this incredible mother's support, her boys accomplish ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: autism, twins, against the odds, human spirit, youth, hopes, family relations, disability, society, single parent, mentally challenged, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Ryan White Story (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, hospital, school, dedicated educator, workplace, youth, tragic hero, hopes, disability, misfit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: indiana
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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: college, hospital, against the odds, teenage love, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, family problems, disability, parents and children, survival, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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92%
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1898, Cambridge, Massachusetts, depicts Annie Sullivan Macy supporting her student Helen Keller at Radcliffe College.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: disability, young heroes, love and romance, misfit, dedicated educator, youth, mute or deaf, power relations, hopes, college, teachers and students, human spirit ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, emotional, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, intern, family life, brother brother relationship, twins, garbage collector, mental retardation, medical school, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
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Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, handicapped, coming of age, teenage love, family relations, protective parent, parents and children, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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85%
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Terry (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: "Terry" tells the story of 21-year old amputee Terry Fox who attempted to run across Canada with only one leg. Unfortunately, he only made it to Thunder Bay, Ontario when he died, one month before his 23rd birthday yet his memories will ...
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, sentimental, serious
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
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My Brother (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: "My Brother" is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. James is developmentally disabled. Their mother, L'Tisha, finds herself in a tragic situation. Dying of tuberculosis, she desperately tries to get her two ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching
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The Miracle Worker (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, a gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller is stricken with scarlet fever. The illness leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Sealed ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: disability, youth, society, young heroes, hopes, mute or deaf, dedicated educator, isolation, human spirit, teachers and students, doctors and patients, against the odds ...
Time: 70s
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Marie's Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marie Heurtin is born both blind and deaf. Sister Marguerette wins her trust and teaches her how to express herself.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, emotional
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Time: 20th century, 1900s, 19th century
Place: europe
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Bill: On His Own (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, realistic, semi serious
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Profoundly Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Donna Lee Shelby (Kirstie Alley), a mentally retarded girl who lives in Forest Haven, an institution for the developmentally disabled, meets Ricardo Thornton (Delroy Lindo), a fellow resident. When Forest Haven is closed by a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, family life, human spirit, family in crisis, idealism, fighting the system, hopes, society, coping, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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71%
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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: sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
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The Terry Fox Story (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Lula, the Son of Brazil (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil, Argentina
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The true story of a working class boy who moves to the nation's financial capital at a young age and becomes one the most influential politician in Brazil's history.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, serious, sincere
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Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Anne B. Real (2003)
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Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, contemplative
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⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Aglaya (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Hungary, Romania, Poland
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Style: emotional, touching, atmospheric, sentimental, serious ...
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Place: hungary
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Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, parents and children, introspection, single parent, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, family problems, social decay, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Style: touching, emotional, sincere, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: french, disability, human spirit, paralysis, coma, nurse, rehabilitation, life turned upside down, writing, patient, courage, tragic event ...
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The Lost Prince (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: The Lost Prince is an acclaimed British television drama about the life of Prince John – youngest child of Britain's King George V and Queen Mary – who died at the age of 13 in 1919. John suffered from epileptic seizures and an autism-like ...
Style: captivating, touching, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: epilepsy, royal family, disability, prince, family relations, state affairs, intrigue, nanny, family in crisis, separation from family, world war one, royalty ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century, pre world war one, edwardian era
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Cavalcade (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An accomplished playboy Leo neglects his girlfriend and enjoys parties. His girlfriend parts from him and then, when he wants to see her once more, he has an accident. He survives, but his whole life is now to be changed. This film is about fetching ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
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62%
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 88 min.
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Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious
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62%
Touched by Love (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A teenager with cerebral palsy attempts to become pen pals with her idol, Elvis Presley.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, serious
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Max & Lenny (2014)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 86 min.
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61%
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Octavia (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Everybody has a little murder in their heart... somewhere.
Style: touching, gloomy, emotional, sexual, serious ...
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Awakenings (1990)
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Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: uplifting, motivational, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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60%
Inch'Allah Sunday (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the past ten years. In a land and culture foreign to her, ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, contemplative ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, algeria, europe
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Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
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