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, touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, gloomy
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, hopes, dedicated educator, mental institution, youth, family relations, misfit, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, thanksgiving, social misfits, boss and employee, power relations, bittersweet, children's home, down syndrome, disability, mental retardation
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about hopes, family relations, youth, parents and children, society, power relations and human spirit mostly in Drama, Biography and Family genres. Some movies like A Child Is Waiting: Miracle Run (2004), Dawn Anna (2005), Cries from the Heart (1994), Front of the Class (2008), Won't Back Down (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
Plot: autism, twins, against the odds, human spirit, youth, hopes, family relations, disability, society, single parent, mentally challenged, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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100%
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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, terminal illness, child illness, against the odds, relationship vs career, school, single parent, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary
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90%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: gloomy, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, hopes, misfit, mentally challenged, family relations, power relations, family problems, teachers and students, family in crisis, courtroom drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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89%
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: touching, inspirational, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, school, dedicated educator, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, understanding, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, atlanta georgia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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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: realistic, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, teachers and students, parents and children, hopes, changing lives, family relations, social relations, society, youth, strong female character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
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86%
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, emotional, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family relations, juvenile delinquency, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, human nature, misfit, life is a bitch, society, elderly ...
Time: contemporary
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83%
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: sincere, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: family problems, life is a bitch, misfit, family life, intern, family relations, brother brother relationship, twins, mental retardation, garbage collector, medical school, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
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82%
...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, emotional, gloomy, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sign language, family relations, deaf, misdiagnosed, spouse leaving, family in crisis, human spirit, parents and children, bittersweet, family problems, disability, mute or deaf ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa
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81%
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Eden (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Story of a New England boys' school and of one of the students who is infatuated with an instructor's wife who has Multiple Sclerosis. The woman struggles to show her strict husband how love rather than demands helps the student to ...
Style: gloomy, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school, housewife, multiple sclerosis, romance, society, misfit, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, youth, love and romance, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new england
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80%
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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: uplifting, thought provoking, touching, feel good, sincere ...
Plot: school, island, interracial relations, family relations, teacher, racism, teachers and students, high school life, college life, human spirit, idealism, college ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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79%
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Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 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: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: autism, parents and children, moral dilemma, mentally challenged, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, single parent, youth, child illness, family problems, nursing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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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, sincere, serious ...
Plot: youth, redemption, human spirit, power relations, reach out, juvenile delinquency, society, hopes, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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78%
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: touching, sincere, uplifting, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: last wish, against the odds, human spirit, teachers and students, hopes, learning to read, underdog, city life, urban, family relations, power relations, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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78%
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: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, parents and children, introspection, hopes, single parent, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, social decay, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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, society, hopes, family problems, parents and children, human spirit, family life, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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76%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, drugs/alcohol, aging, hopes, love, couples, elderly, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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76%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: chess, school, youth, misfit, ambition, life is a bitch, hardcase students, human spirit, against the odds, high school life, juvenile delinquency, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
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76%
Benim Dünyam (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At 2 Ela lost her ability of seeing and hearing because of a severe illness. And then she became a total disappointment of her family due to her untamed behaviors. But everything changed after an unorthodox teacher stepped into their lives to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: disability, teachers and students, dedicated educator, human spirit, against the odds, social misfits, parents and children, family relations, hopes, ambition, deaf mute, determination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, human spirit, misfit, hopes, high school, youth, teenage life, win over, love and romance, social misfits, society, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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75%
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1898, Cambridge, Massachusetts, depicts Annie Sullivan Macy supporting her student Helen Keller at Radcliffe College.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: disability, dedicated educator, youth, mute or deaf, human spirit, against the odds, teachers and students, college, power relations, misfit, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century
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75%
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychotherapist helps a law student cope with schizophrenia in one of five interconnected tales dealing with mental illness.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, family problems, family relations, human spirit, strong female presence, hopes, female director, depressed woman, debate, psychiatry, flashback ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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75%
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, touching, emotional
Plot: disability, cerebral palsy, teenage life, human spirit, school, celebrity culture, doctors and patients, power relations, family relations, friends, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
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74%
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Almost a Woman (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, lifestyle, rise to the top, human spirit, single parent, hopes, teenage life, parents and children, family life, family problems, youth, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, puerto rico, latin america, usa, brooklyn new york city
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74%
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Amy (1981)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A woman leaves her husband after the death of her child to teach deaf children how to speak. Her own child was deaf and although she has no formal training she successfully teaches one boy.
Style: uplifting, feel good, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, dedicated educator, power relations, rise and fall, youth, downfall, hopes, misfit, mute or deaf, ambition, disability, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Absence (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A daily, familiar, sexual and emotional drama. Based on the character Serginho, the plot is based around various aspects of this "no longer a boy, not yet a man". We follow his day to day: the recently acquired role of man of the house, ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, bleak
Plot: teenage life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, youth, child as adult, family relations, coming of age, teachers and students, power relations, siblings relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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73%
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Wild Iris (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, unlikely couple, hopes, romance, couples, family problems, crumbling marriage, single parent, lifestyle, love and romance, youth ...
Time: contemporary
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73%
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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: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, parents and children, disfigurement, addiction, teachers and students, child's point of view, life philosophy, good deed, alcohol abuse, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
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73%
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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: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, hopes, wartime life, military life, military, contests and competitions, soldier, society, family in crisis, follow your dream, performer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, afghanistan, middle east, alabama
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73%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, family problems, mental institution, parents and children, drug abuse, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, family relations, power relations, drugs/alcohol, mentally unstable ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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72%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: sincere, emotional, sentimental, bleak, serious ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, siblings relations, family life, parents and children, working class, society, hopes, domestic disturbance, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
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72%