Movies like Higher Ground

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Higher Ground (2011)
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Higher Ground (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World, the film tells the story of a thoughtful woman's struggles with belief, love, and trust - in human relationships as well as in God.
Style: sincere, sentimental, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: faith, evangelical christianity, life is a bitch, self discovery, human spirit, hopes, redemption, religions or cults, society, wife husband relationship, sister sister relationship, belief in god, teenage girl, christian, prayer, friendship between women, baby, youth, introspection, humble, adolescence vs adulthood, down on your luck, musician, pregnancy, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s

Most similar movies to Higher Ground

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about hopes, society, religions or cults, self discovery, redemption, youth and human spirit mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Higher Ground: The Encounter (2010), Courageous (2011), On the Path (2010), The Wise Kids (2011), Bilal's Stand (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Encounter (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When five strangers with nothing in common come together at a remote roadside eatery, they place their orders with the diner's omniscient owner, who seems to know everything about them ... and is eerily reminiscent of Jesus Christ.
Style: tense, uplifting, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: faith, mysterious character, hopes, redemption, haunted by the past, introspection, human nature, society, changing lives, group of strangers, religious, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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95%
 7.1
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Courageous (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, father, redemption, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, friendship, human spirit, religious, partners, family values, law enforcement, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.0
 2K
On the Path (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, Croatia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Loving young couple Luna and Amar try their best to overcome unexpected obstacles that threaten their relationship. After Amar's dramatic change in a fundamentalist community, Luna tears herself apart searching if love is truly enough to keep ...
Style: sincere, gloomy, thought provoking, tense, captivating ...
Plot: religions or cults, state affairs, couple relations, life is a bitch, hopes, political unrest, couples, redemption, addiction, stewardess, self discovery, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.3
 864
The Wise Kids (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist ...
Style: serious, sexual, touching, realistic, christian film
Plot: single parent, coming of age, homosexuality, christian, youth, teenage life, small town life, small town, direction and purpose, parents and children, gays and lesbians, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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: sincere, serious, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: coming of age, society, high school life, hopes, parents and children, follow your dream, family in crisis, family business, religions or cults, family relations, urban, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.6
 980
God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: hopes, siblings relations, couple relations, human nature, society, life is a bitch, parents and children, culture clash, youth, self discovery, working class, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: realistic, emotional, serious, uplifting
Plot: family problems, human spirit, down on your luck, life is a bitch, hopes, guru, redemption, society, self discovery, religions or cults, death, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional, serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: youth, self discovery, family relations, religions or cults, orphan, redemption, family problems, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood, hopes, parents and children, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Do You Believe? (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: christian, cause and meaning, hopes, doctors and patients, teaching the ways of the world, religions or cults, power relations, human spirit, self discovery, clergy, introspection, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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The Confession (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis, "The Confession" is the continuing story of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who goes on a journey in search of her identity - only to find herself embroiled in a ...
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: family relations, religions or cults, reunion, self discovery, redemption, adoption, society, family, parents and children, hopes
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.1
 3K
Worlds Apart (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The daughter of a Jehovah's Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.
Style: psychological, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, school, teenage life, couples, suburbs, family problems, cheating, infidelity, self discovery, crumbling marriage, suburban life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.8
 527
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: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, sincere
Plot: juvenile delinquency, redemption, society, human spirit, power relations, reach out, youth, hopes
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
My Father My Lord (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 72 min.
Story: "My Father My Lord" is an intimate and deeply disturbing story of the conflict between a father's love and his deep devotion to religion. A respected Orthodox Rabbi dotes on his only son but his religious strictures leave an emotional ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, life is a bitch, coming of age, family relations, religions or cults, family problems, mentally challenged, family tradition, death in the family, self discovery, hopes, rabbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
What Would Jesus Do? (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The citizens of a small town lose their faith day by day. Poverty and hardships have been hard on them... when all of a sudden something changes. Their faith is reborn. And a question rises inside them: "What would Jesus do?"
Style: serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: small town, clergy, hopes, small town life, human spirit, society, introspection, religions or cults, social relations, pastor, bum, loss of family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.0
 4K
Flywheel (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jay Austin wants to sell you a used car, but watch out! Many victims have fallen prey to his smiling face and hasty promises. Austin does everything his way until his dishonesty and manipulation are exposed. Like many men, he becomes disgusted by ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, christian film
Plot: change of heart, dishonesty, christianity, minister, ambition, cons and scams, hopes, miraculous event, blind ambition, religions or cults, redemption, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.7
 2K
Hadewijch (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A troubled young woman is thrown out of a convent and forms a relationship with a radical Muslim.
Style: psychological, sentimental, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: convent, religions or cults, clergy, youth, self discovery, society, human nature, hopes, friendship, terrorist bombing, sleeping nude, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, middle east, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Genesis Code (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A college hockey player and a female journalism student struggle to find common ground with their spiritual faith and scientific studies.
Style: semi serious, uplifting, realistic, christian film
Plot: college, love and romance, hopes, student life, youth, religions or cults, human spirit, hockey, college life, society, redemption, interview ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 3.5
 368
I Am (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the City of Angels, despair and heartache are the daily mail -- delivered with painful regularity whether we want them or not. Through I AM, we join an eclectic cast as they try to untangle themselves from the web of sin. All along the way, they ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: redemption, life turned upside down, religions or cults, unfulfillment, hopes, disorder, self discovery, society, terminal illness, inheritance, billionaire, death of child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: custody, coming of age, teenage girl, custody battle, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, hopes, family relations, dysfunctional family, society, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Electrick Children (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Electrick Children tells the story of Rachel, a rambunctious girl from a polygamist colony in southern Utah. On Rachel’s 15th birthday, she finds a forbidden cassette tape. Having never seen anything like it before, Rachel plays the cassette tape, ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: pregnancy, arranged marriage, innocence lost, unwanted pregnancy, coming of age, self discovery, youth, nobody believes, track down, teenage life, parents and children, skating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, year 1996
Place: nevada, utah, las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 614
America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, psychological, uplifting
Plot: youth, hopes, family in crisis, life is a bitch, human spirit, family problems, teenage life, doctors and patients, custody, mental illness, power relations, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: malaria, redemption, human spirit, dealing with death, hopes, terminal illness, state affairs, life is a bitch, money raising, parent child relationship, death of child, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 482
Cook County (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: suspenseful, serious, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, hopes, drugs/alcohol, addiction, small town, redemption, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Handsome Harry (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An ex-Navy man carrying out the last wish of a dying shipmate renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime.
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, military, hopes, last wish, dishonesty, introspection, betrayal, redemption, machismo, friendship between men, vietnam veteran ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 338
Faith (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted ...
Style: serious, sincere, atmospheric, touching, realistic
Plot: hopes, adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, religions or cults, teenage life, rebellion, forbidden love, urban, society, introspection, misfit, gender ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Love Like Poison (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Anna, a young teenager, comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local priest, who is also a childhood friend. Anna clings to her ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, psychological, touching
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, village, faith, clergy, breakup, self discovery, youth, religions or cults, family relations, teenage love, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 2K
Joshua (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When Joshua moves to the outskirts of Auburn, he awakens the curiosity of the sleepy town. They don’t know who he is or where he came from, but no one can shake the feeling they’ve known him for years. Despite his benevolence and selfless work ...
Style: touching, feel good, sincere, serious, uplifting
Plot: small town, imaginary, hopes, miraculous event, mysterious character, cause and meaning, redemption, small town life, healing power, society, self discovery, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: sincere, serious, sentimental, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, unlikely partners, family in crisis, doctors and patients, child illness, parents and children, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 68
1 Message (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Tells the story of Becca, a beautiful 28 year-old woman whose perfect life is brought to an abrupt halt after she accidentally discovers a lump in her breast.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, twists and turns, serious
Plot: terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, dealing with death, self discovery, introspection, female protagonist, breast cancer, cancer, e mail
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Taking Back Our Town (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, sincere, serious
Plot: church, cancer, fighting the system, small town life, human spirit, obsessive quest, small town, terminal illness, hopes, heroic mission, life is a bitch, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%