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, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, talky, psychotronic
Plot: misfit, disability, life is a bitch, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, physical appearance, society, human nature, social misfits, doctors and patients, circus, power relations, human host, princess, freak, male female relationship, hospital, surgery, doctor, disease, actress, compassion, dignity, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s, victorian, 1800s
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, emotional and uplifting films with plots about hopes, human spirit, power relations, society, misfit, life is a bitch and disability mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like The Elephant Man: The Miracle Worker (1979), Father Damien (1999), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), Living Proof (2008), 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, harsh, surreal ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, disability, human nature, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, london, 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, touching, emotional ...
Plot: disability, mute or deaf, elderly lovers, youth, social misfits, young heroes, dedicated educator, hopes, society, misfit, power relations, against the odds ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: realistic, serious, uplifting, emotional, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, human nature, island, idealism, against the odds, redemption, social misfits, clergy, hopes, fighting the system, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ 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: college, hospital, against the odds, human spirit, teenage love, ambition, lifestyle, disability, family problems, parents and children, single parent, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, emotional, uplifting, experimental ...
Plot: breast cancer, human spirit, ego clash, hopes, doctors and patients, terminal illness, doctor, child illness, power relations, life is a bitch, radiation, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, human spirit, against the odds, disability, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, hopes, society, youth, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, teacher, blind character, human spirit, disability, family relations, tutor, tantrum, handicapped, communication problem, social misfits, dedicated educator ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, power relations, against the odds, human spirit, college, teachers and students, mute or deaf, misfit, youth, love and romance, hopes, dedicated educator ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: mental institution, disability, power relations, elderly, aging, mentally challenged, artists and showbiz, fighting the system, life is a bitch, mysterious character, rehabilitation, lifestyle ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: fall in love, human spirit, disability, handicapped, coming of age, teenage love, protective parent, family relations, single parent, love and romance, parents and children, dignity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: uplifting, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, prejudice, human spirit, surgery, medical, racism, university, patient, african american, talented, blacks and whites, partners ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, nashville tennessee, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: uplifting, motivational, sincere, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, hopes, coma, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Door to Door (2002)
Genre: 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: uplifting, serious, touching, realistic, feel good
Plot: salesman, human spirit, cerebral palsy, disability, changing lives, against the odds, underdog, ambition, misfit, society, hopes, americana ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: realistic, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious
Plot: paralysis, disability, hospital, self fulfillment, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, changing lives, contests and competitions, dignity, rehabilitation, doctors and patients ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: touching, emotional, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: racism, human spirit, against the odds, self discovery, rebellion, leadership, society, social relations, hopes, student life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 60s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: realistic, semi serious, touching, emotional
Plot: family problems, family relations, disability, custody, human spirit, mental illness, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, hopes, misfit, society, rabbi ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: sincere, touching, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: homeless, life is a bitch, homeless teenager, aids, university, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, teenage life, kids in trouble, street kid, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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
Plot: support group, against the odds, human spirit, idealism, dedicated educator, society, teenage life, hopes, teachers and students, children, child abuse, warden ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Diary of Anne Frank (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of a 13-year-old Jewish girl and her family who are forced into hiding by the Nazis during World War II.
Style: emotional, gloomy, touching, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, world war two, family life, human spirit, teenage life, wartime life, family in danger, attic, dentist, confinement indoors, family relations ...
Time: 1940s
Place: amsterdam, holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: hospital, terminal illness, school, family relations, dedicated educator, legal action, life is a bitch, youth, workplace, tragic hero, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: sincere, uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: human spirit, teenage love, society, hopes, win over, social misfits, teenage life, love and romance, follow your dream, misfit, youth, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: serious, sincere, emotional, realistic, contemplative
Plot: wrong place wrong time, injustice, mistaken identity, family relations, life is a bitch, social differences, society, political unrest, immigrants, city life, misfit, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 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: sincere, uplifting, emotional, realistic, factual ...
Plot: against the odds, medical, african american, neurosurgeon, surgery, human spirit, ambition, doctor, follow your dream, rise to the top, dream come true, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, west germany, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere
Plot: state affairs, society, life is a bitch, politics, heroes, fighting the system, hopes, social misfits, misfit, legal, heroic mission, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: human spirit, terminal illness, against the odds, child illness, hopes, life is a bitch, research, family relations, cure, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: washington d.c., england, london, rome italy, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, hopes, human spirit, teachers and students, underdog, youth, dealing with death, society, life is a bitch, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: terminal illness, cross country, marathon, human spirit, ambition, athlete's life, sport, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, disability, on the road ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: serious, touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional
Plot: mute or deaf, disability, dedicated educator, teachers and students, illness, hopes, family relations, human spirit, youth, parents and children, religion, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
A Man for All Seasons (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Story of Sir Thomas More, who refused to accept the spiritual leadership of Henry VIII, and faces death as he struggles to remain loyal to his integrity.
Style: realistic, serious, talky, captivating, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, ego clash, state affairs, politics, intrigue, legal, rivalry, downfall, rebellion, tragic hero, blind ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Cory Weissman is a college basketball player who suffers a devastating stroke. He perseveres to find new meaning in his life both on, and more importantly, off the court.
Style: captivating, emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic
Plot: college, rehabilitation, hopes, sport, against the odds, human spirit, parents and children, paralysis, disability, life is a bitch, athlete and trainer, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%