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Bill: On His Own (1983)
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Bill: On His Own (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bill Sackter struggles to cope after his best friend and guardian, Barry Morrow and his wife Beverly move away. Bill moves into a group home run by Mae Driscoll who teaches him how to read. Bill soon discovers his religious heritage, overcoming the fire that accidentally destroyed his small canteen business, and then travels to California to search for the Morrows.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, semi serious
Plot: misfit, family relations, human spirit, life is a bitch, mental illness, society, mentally challenged, family problems, custody, disability, hopes, friendship, social worker, rabbi, mental retardation, bar mitzvah
Time: 80s
Place: iowa, usa

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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 hopes, human spirit, family relations, life is a bitch, misfit, disability and society mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Bill: On His Own: Octavia (1982), Miracle Run (2004), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), Girlfriend (2010), My Brother (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Octavia (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Everybody has a little murder in their heart... somewhere.
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, emotional, sexual ...
Plot: disability, rape, blind woman, blindness, family relations, friends, confined, life is a bitch, youth, misfit, society, hopes ...
Time: 80s
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95%
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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, uplifting, touching, feminist film
Plot: youth, twins, against the odds, human spirit, disability, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, hopes, society, single parent, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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90%
The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, saga ...
Plot: disability, quadriplegic, college, against the odds, hospital, ambition, lifestyle, teenage love, human spirit, single parent, survival, tragic hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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89%
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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: serious, sincere, touching, melancholic, realistic
Plot: single parent, life is a bitch, love and romance, friendship, impossible love, hopes, society, misfit, social relations, human spirit, mother son relationship, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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81%
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My Brother (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: "My Brother" is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. James is developmentally disabled. Their mother, L'Tisha, finds herself in a tragic situation. Dying of tuberculosis, she desperately tries to get her two ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: disability, terminal illness, life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, mentally challenged, brother brother relationship, sick mother, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, siblings relations, performer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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78%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: homeless teenager, homeless, life is a bitch, aids, human spirit, against the odds, starting over, university, street kid, kids in trouble, teenage life, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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77%
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Terry (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: "Terry" tells the story of 21-year old amputee Terry Fox who attempted to run across Canada with only one leg. Unfortunately, he only made it to Thunder Bay, Ontario when he died, one month before his 23rd birthday yet his memories will ...
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, sentimental, serious
Plot: marathon, cross country, terminal illness, human spirit, ambition, athlete's life, sport, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, disability, on the road ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Ryan White Story (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: sick child, coming of age, youth, aids, school, hospital, terminal illness, family relations, brother sister relationship, dedicated educator, legal action, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: indiana
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72%
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The Least Among You (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, captivating, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, human spirit, against the odds, self discovery, rebellion, life is a bitch, hopes, leadership, student life, social relations, clergy, society ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, 60s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Door to Door (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sometimes the true heroes in our lives are those people who inspire us not with their superhuman accomplishments but simply by their refusal to give up in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and the dignity in which they go about their lives. ...
Style: feel good, uplifting, serious, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: salesman, disability, cerebral palsy, human spirit, changing lives, against the odds, underdog, ambition, misfit, society, hopes, door to door salesman ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon
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71%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, hopes, society, fighting the system, coping, family life, idealism, family in crisis, human spirit, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, lifetime, strong female presence, hopes, court hearing, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, mental disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Self Medicated (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on true events. On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew's life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew's descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, mental institution, kids in trouble, rehabilitation, downfall, self discovery, addiction, uncontrollable, family problems, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
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70%
The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 is a 1978 film directed by Larry Peerce. It stars Marilyn Hassett and Timothy Bottoms. It is a sequel to The Other Side of the Mountain
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: disability, physical disability, quadriplegic, paralysis, romance, hopes, unfulfillment, love and romance, life is a bitch, misfit, human spirit, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, children, youth, sexual abuse, child molester, misfit, hopes, single parent, rehabilitation, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: realistic, sincere, sentimental, serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: high school, child illness, against the odds, human spirit, terminal illness, family problems, relationship vs career, school, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations, disability ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: uplifting, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: deaf, disability, mute or deaf, misfit, youth, love and romance, hopes, dedicated educator, young heroes, power relations, college, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
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70%
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Living Proof (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Living Proof is a 2008 Lifetime Television movie, directed by Dan Ireland, starring Harry Connick, Jr. The film is based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, emotional, experimental ...
Plot: breast cancer, human spirit, doctor, ego clash, doctors and patients, terminal illness, hopes, lifetime, power relations, child illness, life is a bitch, cancer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Cavalcade (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An accomplished playboy Leo neglects his girlfriend and enjoys parties. His girlfriend parts from him and then, when he wants to see her once more, he has an accident. He survives, but his whole life is now to be changed. This film is about fetching ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: quadriplegic, life turned upside down, redemption, human spirit, couples, hopes, love and romance, womanizer, rehabilitation, couple relations, friendship, disabled person ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Miracle Worker (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, a gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller is stricken with scarlet fever. The illness leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Sealed ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: teacher, deaf, mentor protege relationship, obstacle, disability, sign language, power relations, doctors and patients, against the odds, isolation, human spirit, teachers and students ...
Time: 70s
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69%
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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, parents and children, human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, family relations, family problems, social decay, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: touching, rough, emotional, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, society, human nature, addiction, family in crisis, child abuse, feminist, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, mississippi
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68%
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, serious, realistic, emotional, art house ...
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, society, hopes, family problems, redemption, friendship, christian, life is a bitch, religions or cults, guru, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
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68%
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Kenny (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Japan, USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Kenny is a Canadian kid who has a couple of pals and, like a lot of the other lads, idolizes the jock his pretty older sister has chosen as her boyfriend. However, Kenny was born without legs or even the lower part of his body. He gets around (quite ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, psychological, touching ...
Plot: disability, youth, child, family relations, rehabilitation, hopes, misfit, best friends, underdog, society, mentally challenged, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pittsburgh, france, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Courage (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A mother in Queens, New York, is so angered when she discovers that her son is a drug addict that she becomes an undercover agent for the DEA to clean up the drug trade in her neighborhood. Based on a true story.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, emotional
Plot: undercover, family relations, drug abuse, society, hopes, law enforcement, life is a bitch, crimes, drug dealing, family problems, family in crisis, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Terry Fox Story (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research.
Style: sad, realistic, serious, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: physical disability, running, disability, heroes, cross country, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, young heroes, hopes, ambition, athlete's life, misfit ...
Time: 80s, year 1981, 20th century, 70s
Place: canada, british columbia
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67%
The Pride of Jesse Hallam (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jesse Hallum sells the family farm to see that his daughter receives the medical care she needs at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The big city challenges him, though, especially when his illiteracy is exposed.
Style: semi serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, society, hopes, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, countryside, dysfunctional family, family life, child illness, human spirit, family in crisis ...
Time: 80s
Place: kentucky, ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Elephant Man (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.
Style: uplifting, talky, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: misfit, disability, circus, power relations, social misfits, society, hopes, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, physical appearance, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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: sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: autism, nursing, parents and children, moral dilemma, family problems, single parent, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, youth, mentally challenged, child illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: uplifting, captivating, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: disability, coming of age, fall in love, human spirit, depression, adolescence, relationships, teenager, teenage love, family relations, protective parent, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%