Movies like The Elephant Man 1982

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The Elephant Man (1982)
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The Elephant Man (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, serious, realistic, talky, psychotronic
Plot: misfit, circus, human spirit, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, disability, doctors and patients, physical appearance, human nature, against the odds, human host, hopes, power relations, princess, doctor, hospital, freak, surgery, disease, actress, male female relationship, dignity, social injustice, compassion ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1880s, 1800s, victorian
Place: london, england

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Most similar movies to The Elephant Man

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about hopes, human spirit, misfit, society, power relations, disability and against the odds mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like The Elephant Man: The Miracle Worker (1979), Living Proof (2008), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), Father Damien (1999), Miracle Run (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous fa├žade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, surreal, poignant ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: disability, hospital, dignity, freak, melancholy, disfigurement, social misfits, cruelty, isolation, life is a bitch, exploitation, humanism ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: london, england, europe
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100%
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: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: teacher, deaf, mentor protege relationship, obstacle, disability, sign language, power relations, against the odds, teachers and students, isolation, doctors and patients, human spirit ...
Time: 70s
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42%
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Living Proof (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Living Proof is a 2008 Lifetime Television movie, directed by Dan Ireland, starring Harry Connick, Jr. The film is based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast ...
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, emotional, light ...
Plot: breast cancer, human spirit, doctor, doctors and patients, hopes, terminal illness, ego clash, child illness, power relations, life is a bitch, drugs, cancer ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, saga ...
Plot: disability, quadriplegic, college, against the odds, hospital, teenage love, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, parents and children, family problems, survival ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Father Damien (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of the 19th century Belgian priest, Father Damien, who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: saint, religion, catholic, christian, missionary, nature, survival, catholic church, catholic priest, faith, church, idealism ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: hawaii, usa, oceania
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40%
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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, uplifting, touching, feminist film
Plot: youth, twins, human spirit, against the odds, disability, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, single parent, hopes, society, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Door to Door (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sometimes the true heroes in our lives are those people who inspire us not with their superhuman accomplishments but simply by their refusal to give up in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and the dignity in which they go about their lives. ...
Style: feel good, uplifting, serious, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: salesman, human spirit, disability, cerebral palsy, changing lives, against the odds, society, underdog, hopes, misfit, ambition, door to door salesman ...
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: deaf, disability, power relations, youth, young heroes, hopes, dedicated educator, mute or deaf, misfit, love and romance, human spirit, teachers and students ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Best of Men (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ludwig Guttmann, a renowned German neurosurgeon who fled Nazi Germany in the early days of WWII, takes a position at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England in 1944 and begins to transform the lives of his patients, paralyzed soldiers ...
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional, therapeutic ...
Plot: disability, hospital, human spirit, against the odds, self fulfillment, paralysis, rehabilitation, hopes, dignity, changing lives, contests and competitions, doctors and patients ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Beautiful Dreamers (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness. ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: female nudity, writers, mental institution, misfit, mentally challenged, human nature, fighting the system, rehabilitation, idealism, aging, human spirit, lifestyle ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1880s
Place: england, europe, canada, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Least Among You (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, captivating, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, human spirit, against the odds, self discovery, rebellion, social relations, life is a bitch, student life, hopes, youth, leadership, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: disability, coming of age, childhood, fall in love, human spirit, depression, adolescence, relationships, teenager, motorcycle, teenage love, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.
Style: emotional, sincere, uplifting, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: medical, african american, against the odds, human spirit, doctors, neurosurgeon, ambition, medical school, doctor, follow your dream, rise to the top, christian ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, west germany, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Bill: On His Own (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bill Sackter struggles to cope after his best friend and guardian, Barry Morrow and his wife Beverly move away. Bill moves into a group home run by Mae Driscoll who teaches him how to read. Bill soon discovers his religious heritage, overcoming the ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: family problems, family relations, disability, mental illness, custody, human spirit, hopes, misfit, society, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, bar mitzvah ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Biography, 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: inspirational, touching, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, school, social misfits, disability, stuttering, honest, friendship, father son relationship, understanding ...
Time: 80s, 21st century
Place: louisiana, england, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: emotional, uplifting, sincere, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: racism, prejudice, african american, medical, human spirit, surgery, interracial relations, friendship between men, patient, surgeon, talented, society ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 70s, 50s ...
Place: maryland, south africa, baltimore, usa, nashville tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Giuseppe Moscati, Doctor saint of Naples, was a doctor of the early twentieth century, from an aristocratic family devoted his career to serving the poor. The film focuses on the human side, partially leaving aside the spiritual part.
Style: touching, sentimental, inspirational, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: belief in god, life & death, compassion, redemption, unconventional method, hospital, life philosophy, hopes, doctors and patients, doctor, clinic, catholic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: sick child, coming of age, aids, youth, love, hospital, terminal illness, school, family relations, brother sister relationship, rebellion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: uplifting, touching, realistic, sentimental, serious
Plot: marathon, terminal illness, cross country, human spirit, ambition, athlete's life, hopes, sport, life is a bitch, disability, family relations, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of incarcerated parents regain control of their own lives and not ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, feminist film
Plot: support group, dedicated educator, against the odds, human spirit, idealism, society, hopes, teenage life, teachers and students, high school, children, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old ...
Style: emotional, inspirational, touching, sentimental, affectionate ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: teacher, blindness, blind character, disability, mute or deaf, women, human spirit, mentor, education, deafness, children, childhood ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, family outing, teen drama
Plot: homeless teenager, homeless, youth, life is a bitch, aids, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, university, street kid, kids in trouble, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: homeless, heroic mission, power relations, injustice, righting the wronged, campaign, hopes, social misfits, state affairs, heroes, legal, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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...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: edutainment, controversial, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: child hero, medical, youth, family relations, hospital, epilepsy, bittersweet, family problems, against the odds, family in crisis, family life, child illness ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fat boy, teenage love, human spirit, youth, love and romance, win over, follow your dream, misfit, hopes, social misfits, teenage life, high school ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Jean Charles (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Brazil
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, contemplative
Plot: mistaken identity, wrong place wrong time, injustice, society, life is a bitch, family relations, social differences, political unrest, immigrants, city life, graphic violence, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century
Place: brazil, london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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: motivational, sentimental, touching, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, doctors and patients, hopes, illness, fighting illness, disability, psychology, patient, cure, catatonia ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 60s, year 1969
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Reading Room (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower (Jones) opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: last wish, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, teachers and students, power relations, family relations, society, life is a bitch, underdog, dealing with death, youth ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female skiing champion is paralyzed in a tragic skiing accident. Her girlfriend is taken out of competition when she contracts polio.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching ...
Plot: quadriplegic, disability, skiing, physical disability, love, winter olympics, psychopath, illness, paralysis, accident, sport, rising to stardom ...
Time: 70s, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 is a 1978 film directed by Larry Peerce. It stars Marilyn Hassett and Timothy Bottoms. It is a sequel to The Other Side of the Mountain
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: disability, physical disability, quadriplegic, love, paralysis, love and romance, misfit, hopes, unfulfillment, human spirit, life is a bitch, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%