Movies like Captain Abu Raed

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Captain Abu Raed (2007)
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Captain Abu Raed (2007)
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 he's an airline captain and beg him to share stories of the world outside of Amman, Jordan. Through imaginary tales, a friendship forms, and Abu Raed is soon faced with the grim realities of the children's home life. Thus he takes it upon himself to make a difference in their lives.
Style: sentimental, uplifting, serious, touching, captivating, emotional, realistic
Plot: mistaken identity, friendship, human spirit, hopes, working class, life is a bitch, elderly, dishonesty, arranged marriage, longing, down on your luck, escape from reality, children, friends, domestic violence, society, win over, golden years, changing lives, social relations, urban ghetto, bittersweet, petty job, airport, liar ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: jordan, middle east

Most similar movies to Captain Abu Raed

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about hopes, friendship, friends, life is a bitch, society, family relations and bittersweet mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Captain Abu Raed: I Forgot to Tell You (2009), Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012), Mary and Martha (2013), Hide Away (2011), Something Like Happiness (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
I Forgot to Tell You (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marie is a young woman with a troubled past. Her passion is painting, but she never had any formal training. Living in the South of France, she takes whatever work she can get to make ends meet. Then she befriends the elderly painter Jaume and he ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, elderly, hopes, mental illness, self discovery, starting over, golden years, bittersweet, alzheimer's disease, painting, teacher student relationship, intergenerational friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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95%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
Mary and Martha (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, malaria, dealing with death, hopes, human spirit, redemption, state affairs, money raising, life is a bitch, parent child relationship, death of child, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, washington d.c., united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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Hide Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful businessman attempting to resurrect his life buys and boards a dilapidated sailboat.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: starting over, self discovery, friendship, hopes, haunted by the past, small town, society, golden years, elderly, bittersweet, friends, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, sincere, touching ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, family life, family in crisis, idealism, human spirit, fighting the system, society, hopes, coping, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
A Beautiful Secret (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The beloved screen legend Katy Jurado, the lights one last time in the history of a special friendship that develops between a lonely old woman and Jorge, a rebellious teenager in Mexico City in 1984. Through the use flashbacks, Jorge, now an adult, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, human nature, rebellion, rebelliousness, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, youth, hopes, elderly, golden years, coming of age, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 80s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: youth, redemption, reach out, juvenile delinquency, power relations, human spirit, society, hopes, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Initiation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 16-year old Axel and his clique are rioting in a residential home. There he meets the 80-year old Gustav who gains interest in the young boy, as he reminds him of his lost love.
Style: captivating, serious, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, haunted by the past, introspection, friendship, youth, elderly, hopes, juvenile delinquency, society, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, lifestyle, homeless, friendship, urban ghetto life, youth, redemption, hopes, forceful separation, coming of age, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 4.6
 152
Steam (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three women — a young coed, a forty-something single mother, and one a senior-aged widow — meet in the sauna of the local gym, where they gradually get to know one another and bond over their respective trials and tribulations.
Style: touching, emotional, talky, serious, realistic ...
Plot: widow, sauna, introspection, life is a bitch, love and romance, family relations, family problems, hopes, elderly, parents and children, self discovery, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.3
 326
About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, working class, parents and children, society, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, single parent, drugs/alcohol, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.0
 585
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Oxygen (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two young man share an incurable illness. Is their love for the women in their lives strong enough to conquer their fear of dying?
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: transplant, human spirit, friendship, terminal illness, optimism, hopes, life is a bitch, deadly, fall in love, hospital, friends, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The High Cost of Living (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a young, pregnant woman whose world falls apart when she loses her child in a hit and run accident. As her life unravels, Nathalie finds an unlikely protector in Henry, a down and out guardian angel who has followed her thread. But ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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. ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 2K
Our Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, working class, parents and children, family in crisis, society, lifestyle, family problems, husband wife relationship, wife husband relationship, desperation, brother brother relationship, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Shun Li and the Poet (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.
Style: serious, atmospheric, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, hopes, single parent, workplace situations, fish out of water, life is a bitch, misfit, workplace, petty job, village, immigrants, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
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Snow in August (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, emotional, psychological ...
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Place: czech republic, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Between Us (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Abruptly abandoned by her husband in a country completely foreign to her, Colombian native Mariana (Paola Mendoza) struggles to take care of herself and her two young children on the unforgiving streets of New York City. Sebastian Villada, Laura ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious
Plot: starting over, human spirit, single parent, hopes, american dream, family problems, immigrants, family relations, working class, society, life is a bitch, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, colombia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Harrison Montgomery (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a rundown apartment complex in San Francisco's Tenderloin, a septuagenarian seer is waiting for his final message. For decades the eccentric recluse has chronicled the phrases of the Wheel of Fortune and deciphered their hidden meaning - the ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic
Plot: elderly, friendship, follow your dream, lifestyle, life is a bitch, danger, buddies, crimes, hopes, love and romance, family problems, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Letters to Elena (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the beautiful hills of the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, a young boy (Emilio) is adopted by the mailman (Teo). As part of their daily tasks, they not only deliver the mail but read letters to the villagers, as well as take dictation, since ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, optimism, protecting from truth, youth, hopes, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, fall in love, love and romance, village, dream, letter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Mighty Celt (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Centred around greyhound racing in a Catholic community after the "Troubles" have ended but where their legacy remains strong. Donal is a 14-year old who works in a greyhound racing kennel owned by Good Joe. If Donal's favourite ...
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, against the odds, contests and competitions, family relations, hopes, animal training, coming of age, dog, single parent, boss and employee, parents and children, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
 853
Illegal (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, social differences, rebellion, fighting the system, injustice, hopes, family relations, parents and children, immigrants, life is a bitch, society, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.3
 648
Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, melancholic, realistic
Plot: love and romance, single parent, life is a bitch, impossible love, friendship, hopes, society, social relations, human spirit, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
 874
Fraulein (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Ruža left Serbia, her country, over 30 years ago and lives in Zurich. Her daily life is a string of repetitive moments until, one day, Ana arrives on the scene and upsets Ruža's painstakingly organized world. A subtle friendship develops ...
Style: emotional, psychological, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, friendship, friends, immigrants, longing, secret, job seeking, society, best friends, feminism, folk, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia, switzerland, europe, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.5
 2K
Boutique (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A clothing store worker (Jahan) meets a poor girl named Eti. Jahan tries to help the girl and solve her problems, but…
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, lifestyle, bittersweet, love and romance, couples, life is a bitch, designer, downfall, drugs/alcohol, singleness, social differences, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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43%