Movies like Profoundly Normal

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Profoundly Normal (2003)
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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 court order, Donna and Ricardo venture into the real world on their own. Their friendship and dependency on each other blossoms into love. They marry and have a child together, who does not suffer from mental retardation.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, realistic
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, couples, fighting the system, family life, human spirit, hopes, society, idealism, coping, family in crisis, pregnancy, disability, misfit, suburbs, working class, optimism, siblings relations, interracial couple, mental retardation, survival, in the woods, family relations, rebellion, mentally challenged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, hopes, society, family problems, life is a bitch, couples and bittersweet mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Profoundly Normal: Dawn Anna (2005), Shirley Adams (2009), Christmas at Maxwell's (2006), The C-Word (2015), ...First Do No Harm (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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 ...
Plot: high school, family problems, human spirit, child illness, against the odds, terminal illness, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, rehabilitation, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
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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: emotional, touching, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, parents and children, human spirit, introspection, single parent, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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84%
Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, life is a bitch, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, family problems, couples, hopes, love and romance, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
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The C-Word (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch's inspiring and candid book, based on her blog, about her battle with cancer.
Style: uplifting, sincere, sentimental, touching, witty ...
Plot: human spirit, life turned upside down, optimism, life is a bitch, family relations, couples, hopes, terminal illness, couple relations, journalism, blogger, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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75%
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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: sincere, touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, family relations, custody, against the odds, family life, parents and children, small town life, bittersweet, terminal illness, human spirit, death in the family, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
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Matching Jack (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.
Style: uplifting, sincere, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: infidelity, bittersweet, dishonesty, hopes, parents and children, friendship, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, family in crisis, optimism, child illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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64%
Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, cult film
Plot: mentally challenged, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, family life, family relations, couples, family problems, disability, misfit, love and romance, siblings relations, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania
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59%
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: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, family business, self discovery, follow your dream, youth, workplace, hopes, parents and children, human spirit, family life, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, detroit
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58%
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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to a guide dog school, by a friendly, yet firm trainer Satoru ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friendship, elderly, pets, optimism, mistrust, disability, animal life, animal training, instructor, temperamental, puppy, kindness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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58%
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Jewel (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1940s a 40-year-old woman with five healthy children gives birth to a girl with Down's syndrome.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family life, family problems, social relations, couples, society, couple relations, youth, babies and infants, small town, small town life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, california
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57%
Something Like Happiness (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Over the course of a year, in a small town scarred and beaten down by industrialization, Tonda and Monika, friends since childhood, come to experience what life might be like if they could be with one another – which they seemingly can't. Or ...
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, emotional, touching ...
Plot: mental illness, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, eccentric family, single parent, friendship, couples, love and romance, working class, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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53%
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, hopes, world war two, family relations, soldier, romance, society, destiny, love affair, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, colorado
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53%
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The plot follows the individual journeys of three ordinary South African men in the build up to their attendance of the 2010 Mighty Men Conference, where their lives are forever changed by God's message for them.
Style: uplifting, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, redemption, hopes, society, family problems, friendship, down on your luck, guru, life is a bitch, religions or cults, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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52%
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Phantom Pain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marc is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker who avoids work and responsibility. Marc's life changes from one moment to the next when he suffers a life-changing accident. He can either wallow in self-pity or tackle the beast called life with ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: hopes, life is a bitch, disability, couple relations, human nature, parents and children, human spirit, redemption, misfit, family relations, new love, operation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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51%
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: sentimental, sincere, emotional, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: family problems, life is a bitch, misfit, family relations, medical school, intern, family life, brother brother relationship, twins, mental retardation, garbage collector, society ...
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Place: usa, pittsburgh
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Genre: Drama
Country: Jordan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Abu Raed is an old airport janitor who has always yearned to travel the world but has never been able to afford it. One day, he finds an old discarded pilot's hat, and discovers a calling: a group of children in his poor neighborhood assume ...
Style: sentimental, serious, uplifting, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: mistaken identity, hopes, working class, friendship, human spirit, life is a bitch, longing, escape from reality, arranged marriage, down on your luck, elderly, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Way Home (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family to search for their missing two year-old boy and through doing so changed the lives of many of those involved.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: missing child, hopes, family problems, family relations, social relations, couples, family in crisis, couple relations, search, missing person, flashback, prayer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Salesman (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: With an enthralling central performance by Gilbert Sicotte, this masterful debut feature examines the life of the top car salesman in a fading Quebec town as events challenge the 67-year-old’s sense of identity and the meaning of life at the most ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, working class, aging, retiring, small town, workplace situations, elderly, bittersweet, small town life, humble, society, social relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Marvellous (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the true story of the life of Neil "Nello" Baldwin. Born with a mild learning disability but without the burden of social embarrassment & how his inexhaustible ability to see the good in any situation overcame any ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, society, hopes, disability, sport team, clergy, friendship, death of mother, mascot, clown, mother son relationship, soccer ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england
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Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: touching, realistic, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, teachers and students, parents and children, hopes, family relations, changing lives, social relations, youth, society, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
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48%
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Damaged Care (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Anesthesist Doug Peeno hopes to pay for the legal costs of preventing his son Bryan being left in his first wife's bad custody with he proceeds of his present wife Linda's new job. She's the first graduate in her family and eagerly ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic
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Time: contemporary
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, immigrants, family relations, opposites attract, friends, coming of age, family life, friendship, introspection, culture clash, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
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My Sister's Keeper (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two sisters take a journey of discovery and reconciliation based on the memoirs of Margaret Moorman. Christine has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and must rely on others for support even though she longs for and independent and ordinary life. ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: family life, split personality, disability, family problems, mental illness, sister, sister sister relationship, loss of mother, siblings relations, misfit, unfulfillment, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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47%
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In Between Days (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, friendship, immigrants, youth, unfulfillment, society, unfulfilled love, love, couples, love and romance, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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47%
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, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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47%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: custody, custody battle, coming of age, teenage girl, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family values, youth, life is a bitch, siblings relations, manipulation, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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45%
The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, sentimental, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, fall in love, parents and children, human nature, working class, interracial relations, injustice, social differences, society, feminism, family life, soldier ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: virginia, mississippi, usa
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45%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, teenage life, family in crisis, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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44%
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Love Come Down (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, each the other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedy. Neville is a comedian struggling with his comedy, and his brother, Matthew, is a boxer consumed with the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, family relations, interracial relations, hopes, rehabilitation, family problems, couples, love and romance, athlete's life, haunted by the past, introspection, addiction ...
Time: 90s
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44%
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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
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