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, victorian era, 1800s, 1880s
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, uplifting and emotional films with plots about human spirit, hopes, power relations, society, misfit, life is a bitch and disability mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like The Elephant Man: The Miracle Worker (1979), Father Damien (1999), Living Proof (2008), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), 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 façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, surreal, harsh ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, disability, human nature, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 1800s
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: emotional, sincere, touching, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: disability, elderly lovers, hopes, mute or deaf, misfit, social misfits, isolation, human spirit, teachers and students, doctors and patients, against the odds, power relations ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: uplifting, emotional, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: idealism, power relations, injustice, tragic hero, life is a bitch, fighting the system, social misfits, heroes, society, clergy, hopes, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: hawaii, usa
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46%
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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, emotional, uplifting, touching, realistic ...
Plot: breast cancer, human spirit, doctors and patients, hopes, ego clash, terminal illness, doctor, radiation, child illness, power relations, life is a bitch, cancer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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, lifestyle, ambition, family problems, disability, parents and children, survival, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: realistic, serious, touching, uplifting
Plot: autism, twins, human spirit, against the odds, family relations, disability, society, social misfits, youth, single parent, mentally challenged, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: disability, love and romance, mute or deaf, human spirit, against the odds, teachers and students, college, power relations, misfit, young heroes, hopes, dedicated educator ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, blind character, human spirit, disability, teacher, family relations, institution, railway station, struggle, tantrum, tutor, handicapped ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: captivating, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, handicapped, coming of age, teenage love, protective parent, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, writer's life, artists and showbiz, aging, rebellion, human nature, doctors and patients, human spirit, friendship, wrongfully committed, idealism ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 1880s, victorian era
Place: england, canada, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, doctors and patients, hopes, mental institution, coma, hospital, illness, patient, doctor, fighting illness, treatment, cure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ 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: serious, uplifting, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, prejudice, surgery, racism, university, patient, racial prejudice, human spirit, blacks and whites, african american, talented, ambition ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, nashville tennessee, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Best of Men (2012)
Genre: Biography
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, human spirit, against the odds, changing lives, dignity, hopes, contests and competitions, rehabilitation, doctors and patients ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: human spirit, cerebral palsy, salesman, against the odds, changing lives, disability, society, ambition, americana, door to door salesman, contact, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: uplifting, captivating, touching, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: racism, against the odds, human spirit, rebellion, self discovery, life is a bitch, youth, discrimination, social relations, society, hopes, student life ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, mental illness, society, life is a bitch, hopes, misfit, mentally challenged, custody, family problems, family relations, disability, rabbi ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, serious, realistic
Plot: support group, dedicated educator, idealism, human spirit, against the odds, society, teenage life, hopes, teachers and students, child abuse, children, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, emotional, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, human spirit, high school, teenage life, love and romance, society, hopes, follow your dream, youth, misfit, social misfits, win over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ 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: serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, jewish, family in danger, family life, wartime life, confinement indoors, attic, dentist, teenage life, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: amsterdam, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: uplifting, sincere, emotional, realistic, factual ...
Plot: against the odds, medical, human spirit, surgery, african american, christianity, rise to the top, follow your dream, ambition, neurosurgeon, blacks and whites, temperamental ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, detroit, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Ryan White Story (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, hospital, school, unfulfillment, hopes, gender, life is a bitch, best friends, youth, tragic hero, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: injustice, wrong place wrong time, mistaken identity, family relations, social differences, life is a bitch, society, political unrest, immigrants, city life, graphic violence, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ 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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: university, human spirit, against the odds, starting over, teenage life, street kid, lifestyle, ambition, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, homeless, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: fighting the system, state affairs, politics, hopes, society, legal, misfit, heroes, life is a bitch, social misfits, heroic mission, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk and move his head, and he wants to die. Whilst he is in hospital he makes friends with some ...
Style: emotional, touching, suspense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hospital, courtroom drama, car accident, disability, unfulfillment, misfit, legal, power relations, paralysis, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, legal action ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: emotional, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: college, rehabilitation, hopes, sport, against the odds, human spirit, parents and children, paralysis, disability, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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
Plot: terminal illness, cross country, running, marathon, human spirit, ambition, athlete's life, disability, life is a bitch, sport, hopes, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: touching, sincere, uplifting, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: last wish, against the odds, human spirit, teachers and students, hopes, learning to read, underdog, dealing with death, society, city life, urban, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, intern, family relations, couple relations, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Touch of the Light (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Yu-Siang is blind – but he has a superb sense of hearing. Born in rural Taiwan, this extremely talented musician moves to the capital Taipei to study the piano. But how will he manage on his own? Even the walk across campus from his halls of ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: prodigy, human spirit, follow your dream, musician's life, hopes, artists and showbiz, blindness, music, piano
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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27%