Movies like A Child Is Waiting

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A Child Is Waiting (1963)
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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, suspiciously regards Clark's stern training methods. She becomes emotionally involved with 12-year-old Reuben Widdicombe, who has been abandoned by his divorced parents.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, gloomy
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, hopes, dedicated educator, youth, medical, autism, psychiatry, family relations, thanksgiving, children's home, down syndrome, misfit, mental institution, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, social misfits, bittersweet, boss and employee, power relations, love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1959
Place: usa, new jersey

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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, parents and children, youth, society, family problems and bittersweet mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like A Child Is Waiting: The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008), Miracle Run (2004), Rain Man (1988), Front of the Class (2008), The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During a blizzard in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his son Paul with the help of nurse Caroline. But when Henry realizes his wife is also carrying a girl with Down syndrome, he hands the second child over to Caroline without his wife's ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sad ...
Plot: disability, down syndrome, haunted by the past, family problems, parents and children, crumbling marriage, love and romance, twins, obsession, child illness, family in crisis, hidden identity ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: kentucky, pittsburgh
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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: serious, realistic, touching, uplifting, feminist film
Plot: autism, youth, twins, human spirit, against the odds, disability, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, hopes, society, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: sincere, road movie, uplifting, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: autism, road trip, redemption, mentally challenged, runaway, brother brother relationship, family relations, siblings relations, disability, self discovery, greed, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, los angeles, missouri, texas ...
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Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: inspirational, touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: tourette's syndrome, dedicated educator, school, teachers and students, teacher, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, disability, life philosophy, honest, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary
Place: louisiana, england, usa, atlanta georgia
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The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Audience: teen drama
Plot: youth, family relations, teenage life, friendship, self discovery, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, human nature, life is a bitch, elderly, society ...
Time: contemporary
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66%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: autism, youth, children, sexual abuse, misfit, hopes, single parent, rehabilitation, legal, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, mute or deaf ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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An Early Frost (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in the mid-eighties Michael Pierson, a young gay man, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. He's forced to be open about the disease and his homosexuality for the first time with his co-workers (he's a successful lawyer) and ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, touching ...
Plot: aids, gay, coming out, lgbt, gay lead character, lawyer, gay relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, last will and testament, lgbtq, family relations, hiv ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
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66%
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: serious, uplifting, sincere, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: medical student, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family life, intern, family relations, twins, brother brother relationship, mental retardation, medical school, garbage collector ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh, pennsylvania
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65%
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, school, racism, youth, island, education, black history, family relations, interracial relations, hardcase students, misfit, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1969
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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65%
Touched by Love (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A teenager with cerebral palsy attempts to become pen pals with her idol, Elvis Presley.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, emotional, touching
Plot: mentally challenged, cerebral palsy, disability, artists and showbiz, misfit, social misfits, hopes, best friends, youth, doctors and patients, teenage life, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
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64%
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I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: inspirational, emotional, touching, sad, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, lawyer, single father, parents and children, disability, social services, custody, custody battle, child custody, against the odds, parenthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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62%
...And Your Name Is Jonah (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A couple whose son had been diagnosed as mentally retarded, and was institutionalized, are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is in fact deaf.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sign language, deaf, coming of age, youth, family relations, mute or deaf, family, hopes, family problems, disability, misdiagnosed, spouse leaving ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa
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62%
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Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: autism, nursing, moral dilemma, parents and children, family problems, single parent, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, youth, mentally challenged, child illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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62%
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Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: inspirational, motivational, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, single mother, disfigurement, teachers and students, addiction, youth, school, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When autistic teen Ricky is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. Based on a true story and set ...
Style: sincere, touching, melancholic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: autism, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life, family relations, social misfits, youth, missing child, imagination, little boy, illness, train ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1984, year 2012
Place: new york, usa
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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: serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, introspection, human spirit, parents and children, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, family problems, family relations, social decay, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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59%
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: uplifting, sincere, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: last wish, against the odds, hopes, human spirit, teachers and students, family relations, power relations, underdog, youth, dealing with death, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: emotional, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids, chick flick, family outing, teens
Plot: race against time, cure, hopes, against the odds, human spirit, family problems, unlikely partners, parents and children, family in crisis, child illness, doctors and patients, medical ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, las vegas, portland oregon, san francisco ...
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Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: art house, sexy, suspense, talky, biting ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prostitute, male nudity, melancholy, cheating, time travel, social outcast, feminism, sexual abuse, writer's life, addiction, sexualized violence ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
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Magnifico (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With a daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy and a son who's lost his much-needed scholarship, an impoverished married couple begins to abandon their faith and courage in the face of such misfortune. But when a gifted young boy called ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: school, family relations, hopes, terminal illness, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, youth, dealing with death, society, prodigy, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
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The Dynamiter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, touching, sincere ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, small town, youth, little boy, family relations, family problems, social relations, dysfunctional family, small town life, teenage life, siblings relations, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa
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A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, rich and poor, couple relations, parents and children, social differences, follow your dream, single parent, racial discrimination, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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56%
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, inspirational, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: music, classical music, school, composer, high school, teacher, music teacher, honest, musician, mentor, unlikely friendships, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 60s, 70s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
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56%
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Lifted (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, feel good ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, military, wartime life, military life, hopes, soldier, society, family in crisis, contests and competitions, youth, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, alabama, afghanistan, middle east
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56%
Winter Solstice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A widower confronts his older son's decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, starting over, small town life, couple relations, love and romance, brother brother relationship, suburbs, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, new jersey, usa
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56%
My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: youth, self discovery, family life, society, family problems, parents and children, disability, small town life, child's point of view, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, compassion ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa
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56%
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the later years of the nineteenth century Latin master Mr. Chipping is the mainstay of Brookfields boys boarding school, a good teacher and a kindly person but he is considered to be married to the job so that it is a surprise when, on a walking ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Plot: boarding school, dedicated educator, tragic hero, society, idealism, social differences, friendship, family relations, youth, teachers and students, husband wife relationship, teacher ...
Time: 19th century, 90s, year 1914, edwardian era
Place: england, europe
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55%
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: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, romance, hopes, world war two, destiny, soldier, society, family relations, fall in love, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
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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, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: christmas, human spirit, family life, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, couples, family problems, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: emotional, touching, sad, atmospheric, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, step parent, husband wife relationship, marriage, nanny, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, starting over, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan new york city
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55%