Movies like The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

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The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry (2008)
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The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The lives of three 12-year-old buddies -- sharing a carefree existence in the summer of 1970 -- suddenly change when one of them, Dustin, makes an unexpected friend after cutting the lawn of 75-year-old Jonathan Sperry. As Jonathan shares lessons in faith with Dustin and his pals, a spiritual transformation occurs in this Christian drama.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, serious, uplifting, realistic, contemplative, christian film
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, family, friends, elderly, buddies, small town, golden years, boy, funeral, friendship between boys, prayer, youth, religions or cults, small town life, teaching the ways of the world, coming of age, social relations, religion, christianity, bible, old man, cemetery, bully, kindness, christian ...
Time: 70s

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Most similar movies to The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sincere films with plots about youth, friendship, family relations, friends, family, coming of age and hopes mostly in Drama, Family and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry: Saving Shiloh (2006), A Christmas Memory (1997), Pollyanna (2003), Smitty (2012), The Christmas Bunny (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Saving Shiloh (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this third movie about Shiloh, Judd Travers is accused of killing a man he once fought in a bar. Everyone in the town consider Judd to be guilty except Marty Preston, but even him has some doubts. Trying to clear Judd's name Marty and his ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, captivating, saga
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, small town, mischievous children, friendship, family life, best friends, pets, youth, rescue, animal actor, boy and dog, small town life ...
Time: contemporary
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A Christmas Memory (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, atmospheric, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, small town, family relations, christmas, adult virgin, friends, love and romance, buddies, youth, golden years, family life, eccentric family ...
Place: southern usa
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Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest ...
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, orphan, small town life, small town, young heroes, hopes, countryside, friends, family relations, change of heart ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
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80%
 5.4
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Smitty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: SMITTY is a family film about a rescue dog. When life gets tough for Ben, a friendly paw is all it takes to pull him through. Mischievous thirteen-year-old Ben is sent to his grandfather's farm for the summer, where he crosses paths with a ...
Style: sincere, captivating, feel good, light, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, family, family relations, pets, farm, coming of age, youth, single parent, dog, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: iowa, usa
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The Christmas Bunny (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The Christmas Bunny tells the story of a lonely foster child (Sophie Bolen) who finds a lost, injured rabbit in the woods on Christmas Eve. The rabbit is nursed back to health by The Bunny Lady (Florence Henderson), who runs a rabbit rescue in an ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, sincere, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, friendship, family relations, nursing, pets, family life, coming of age, orphan, wounded animal, rabbit, farm, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: michigan, usa
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72%
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Danny (1977)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young girl's special love for a horse helps them both.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: family relations, animal life, friends, teenage life, friendship, young at heart, family, youth, young girl, girl horse relationship, human animal relationship, horse actor ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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Heaven's Door (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Julie Taylor has a problem how to cope with a pending divorce, find meaningful employment, live with her mother's constant advice and raise her two children. In their small rural town it isn't so much what people say as what they believe. ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, captivating, light, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: parents and children, supernatural, family, social relations, youth, small town life, miraculous event, small town, family relations, parallel world, religions or cults, parents separation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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65%
The ButterCream Gang (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Unlike most gangs, the ButterCream gang does good deeds. Their leader, Pete, has to go live with his aunt in Chicago. But things don't go well in Chicago and Pete is changed when he returns. Soon Pete is hanging around with the wrong crowd. But ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, gang, friends, small town life, small town, city life, teenage life, reunion, family relations, youth, family, adventure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: utah, chicago illinois
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65%
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Snowmen (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three young friends find adventure and purpose in their attempts to set a Guinness World Record. Set in a wintry mountain town, the unpopular trio pursues fame through a series of schemes and stunts that eventually imperil their own lives. Along the ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, uplifting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, human spirit, terminal illness, elementary school, desire for fame, ambition, youth, family, against the odds, social relations, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Dolphin Tale (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dolphins, friendship, young heroes, hopes, animal life, human spirit, trap, summer, destiny, heroes, mother son relationship, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Finn (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nine year old Finn lives with his father in a small town. Together with his best friend Erik he plays football, but he prefers to play music. His dad wants him to play football, just like every other kid his age. Finn does not understand why, but ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, family, youth, father figure, follow your dream, musician's life, elderly, hopes, teachers and students, parents and children, family relations, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Misa mi (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When her mother died, 10 year old girl Misa's world stopped. And when her father, along with her new girlfriend, wants to spend the summer in the Swedish province Skåne she refuses to come with them. Misa's father reluctantly agrees that ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: wilderness, wolf, friendship, fish out of water, youth, family, in the woods, forest, remarry, village, girl, nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.
Style: sentimental, uplifting, touching, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: veterinarian, dolphins, animal life, rescue, friendship, youth, family, family relations, friends, human spirit, hopes, theme park ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
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When I Find the Ocean (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A little girl leaves home with her pet dog and rabbit to escape abuse and find the ocean in the hopes of feeling closer to her father who has passed away.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: civil rights, dog, friendship, estrangement, pets, youth, hopes, family life, wilderness, child's point of view, family relations, mother ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa
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Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Anne, now a middle-aged woman, is troubled by recent events in her life. Her husband, Gilbert, has been killed overseas as a medical doctor during World War II. Her two daughters are pre-occupied with their own young families and her adopted son ...
Style: sincere, feel good, captivating, realistic, psychological ...
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Plot: orphan, family life, adoption, friendship, couples, teaching the ways of the world, doctors and patients, widow, golden years, family relations, homecoming, estrangement ...
Time: 20th century
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Letters to God (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact. An unsuspecting substitute postman, with a troubled life of his own, becomes entangled in the boy's ...
Style: christian film, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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54%
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Summer's End (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: 12-year-old boy and his older brother have just lost their dad. At their summer cottage, the younger boy befriends a black doctor who has to deal with local prejudice and racism.
Style: touching, sincere, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, racism, small town, interracial relations, society, youth, hopes, family problems, social relations, friends, family relations, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: georgia, usa
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53%
Eskil & Trinidad (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Eskil moves from town to town with his father in Northern Sweden. He misses his mother and sucks at playing hockey, the main activity among the boys his age. Things changes when he meets Trinidad, a mysterious woman who lives outside society ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: family, friendship, village life, parents and children, family relations, father son relationship, adventure, father and son, village, friends, sport team, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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White Mama (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A poor, elderly white woman living in a tenement in a black ghetto is befriended by a neighborhood boy, and the two of them form a mutually beneficial relationship: he provides her companionship and protection, and she becomes the mother he never had
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
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We Can Be Heroes! (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Two kids - about 11 years old - Marcello and Fatima, meet and like each other very much. Both have dreams and problems. Marcello wants to fly but feels like an absolutely useless human being, Fatima wants to play soccer - which is not acceptable for ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating, contemplative
Plot: friendship, family relations, friends, youth, family, parents and children, strong female character, children, hopes, soccer, bullying, personal growth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Alabama Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven year old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world.
Style: realistic, touching, exciting, serious, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: wilderness, best friend, friendship, family, orphan, life turned upside down, father son relationship, boarding school life, boy, father daughter relationship, survival, adventurer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
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48%
The Maldonado Miracle (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A story about a small, dying town in need of hope until one day a young boy gives them something to believe in.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: miraculous event, small town, hopes, clergy, society, church, family relations, family life, human nature, religions or cults, village, boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Nightingale (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: China, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Zhigen, an old Chinese farmer, has lived alone in Beijing for over 20 years after moving to the city to allow his son Chongyi to attend university. He decides to make the long journey from Beijing to Yangshuo to honour the promise he made to his ...
Style: sincere, captivating, contemplative, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
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Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Little Big Girl (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While out and about tending to his herd, young shepherd Larus meets a mysterious little girl named Tinke. Quickly realizing that the girl is alone, Larus brings Tinke some food and slowly builds a friendship with her. Tinke, whose parents died ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, family relations, friendship, hopes, coming of age, friends, human nature, destiny, grandmother granddaughter relationship, children, girl, search ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Call of the Wild (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Self-centered and status-conscious, ten year old Ryann Hale journeys to Montana to visit her down-to-earth grandpa, Bill Hale. Ryann bonds with a wolf-dog, Buck, and schemes to save him from a cruel dogsledder.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, captivating, contemplative
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, family holiday, friendship, adventure, young heroes, friends, chases and races, contests and competitions, rivalry, human animal relationship, grandfather granddaughter relationship, countryside ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Finding Friends (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Norway
Duration: 89 min.
Story: This kid has to move to a farm in his summer vacation and don't get to go to Norway Cup as he had planned for. Out on the country there is bad cellphone reception, cow smell and inbreed farmers as far as the eye can see. The family Volvo get ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, pets, teenage life, fish out of water, save the day, youth, young heroes, family relations, family, escapades, coming of age, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Mooz-lum (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Thanks to a strict Muslim upbringing that largely shielded him from the outside world, Tariq's first year of college proves transformative. That is, until the 9/11 terrorist attacks invite growing suspicion and distrust from his angry ...
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: social differences, culture clash, racism, adolescence vs adulthood, lifestyle, youth, college life, college, social relations, teachers and students, society, 9/11 ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Four guys, best friends, have grown up together in DANCER, TEXAS POP. 81, a tiny town in West Texas. Years ago, they made a solemn vow to leave town together as soon as they graduate. Now, it's that weekend and the time has come to "put up ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, friendship, coming of age, high school, small town life, teenage life, americana, bittersweet, buddies, youth, partners, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: texas, california, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Ways to Live Forever (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: teenage life, friends, best friends, youth, terminal illness, leukemia, human spirit, friendship between boys, life is a bitch, family, child illness, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Children on Their Birthdays (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Havoc is created in a small Southern community when a 12-year-old shows up, causing a couple 13-year-old friends to fall in love with her, thus possibly jeopardizing their friendship.
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: love triangle, friendship, small town, teenage life, teenage love, fall in love, youth, social relations, family, society, interracial relations, americana ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1947
Place: alabama, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%