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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
 5.7
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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system (which is unlike being born with AIDS). As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile environment. His room is completely hermetically sealed against bacteria and virus, his food is specially prepared, and his only human contact comes in the form of gloved hands. The movie follows his life into a teenager
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, based on true events
Plot: terminal illness, coming of age, family relations, isolation, illness, misfit, parents and children, love and romance, human nature, parent child relationship, life is a bitch, fall in love, human spirit, unfulfillment, teenage crush, teenage life, youth, romance, hopes, society, bittersweet, underdog, plastic, teenager, dancing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1950s

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Most similar movies to The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sentimental films with plots about family relations, hopes, love and romance, terminal illness, unfulfillment, life is a bitch and hospital mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like The Boy in the Plastic Bubble: Mask (1985), Imaginary Crimes (1994), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), Love Story (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: sincere, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: paralysis, human spirit, love affair, hopes, unfulfillment, love and romance, misfit, life is a bitch, romance, disability, unfulfilled love, fall in love ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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95%
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 27K
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, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, handicapped, coming of age, teenage love, family relations, protective parent, parents and children, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, hopes, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, down on your luck, terminal illness, human nature, betrayal, single parent, life is a bitch, hustler ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: california, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, romantic, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teenage love, terminal illness, fall in love, first love, teenage life, youth, teenager, cancer, love and romance, dealing with death, fighting illness, teenagers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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, emotional ...
Plot: college, hospital, against the odds, teenage love, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, family problems, disability, parents and children, survival, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.9
 33K
Love Story (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, romance, young lovers, love, college, class differences, rich man poor woman, young love, terminal illness, unfulfillment, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, new york, boston, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.9
 44
Vernie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Drama - Sean, a young thirty-something coffee shop owner, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He desperately wants to have a baby before he dies, and asks his best friend Kristy to bear his child. - John Riedlinger, Amy Colon, Patrick Coyle
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, friendship, pregnancy, terminal illness, tragic hero, family problems, couples, best friends, hopes, romance, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Here on Earth (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A rich college kid is taught a lesson after a joy ride ends up destroying a country restaurant.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, rich and poor, love triangle, terminal illness, romance, social differences, teenage life, youth, couples, fall in love, coming of age, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 6.8
 273
Pope Dreams (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the vein of Good Will Hunting and Garden State, POPE DREAMS is a coming of age tale about a young man at a crossroads in life. Filled with heart, music, life, and loss. And a set of drums. Oh, and the Pope. POPE DREAMS is about a directionless ...
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, sentimental, serious
Plot: terminal illness, hopes, follow your dream, parents and children, family relations, coming of age, young lovers, unfulfillment, teenage life, human nature, mother son relationship, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Love is the Word (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Love is the Word is a moving, romantic and funny coming-of-age drama about the magic of first love and the misery of first lost, set in 1978: the year 'Grease' hit the big screen.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, first love, love and romance, family relations, youth, hopes, parents and children, village, leukemia, teenager, teenage love, underage drinking ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 18K
Shadowlands (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, poet, fall in love, college, romance, writer's life, falling in love, couple relations, oxford, husband wife relationship, attic, bachelor ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Whole Wide World (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on her acclaimed autobiographical book, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD tells the story of Novalyne Price, an attractive feisty West Texas schoolteacher and her bittersweet, romantic and turbulent relationship with Robert E. Howard, the great pulp ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: friendship, writers, teacher, bittersweet, romance, friends, creator, couple relations, unfulfilled love, introspection, fall in love, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, new mexico, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.0
 569
Sweet Jane (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jane, an HIV-positive heroin addict, meets Tony, a young AIDS victim with no family, and the two form a bond.
Style: gloomy, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Plot: hospital, drug abuse, teenage life, friends, overdose, kids in trouble, bittersweet, going straight, redemption, unfulfilled love, friendship, hotel ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 110K
Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: inspirational, touching, uplifting, tragicomedy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, medical school, medical profession, hospital, doctors and patients, friendship, unconventional method, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman discovers the truth about her former lover from the diary that his first wife wrote to their son, Nicholas.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: romance, terminal illness, tragic love, family relations, couples, love and romance, lifestyle, fall in love, looking for love, diary, baby born, baby ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Gaby: A True Story (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The life of Gaby Brimmer, a girl physically handicapped, who finally gets her goals of study and triumph.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hopes, human spirit, college, forbidden love, disability, artists and showbiz, misfit, unfulfillment, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, love, teenage girl ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: mexico, latin america, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, psychological, touching, sincere ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, life is a bitch, child abuse, self discovery, family problems, parents and children, hopes, social misfits, society, isolation, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, year 1970, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An amnesiac youth tries to piece together his past, but what he discovers may jeopardize his future.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, sentimental, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: clinic, hospital, terminal illness, twins, patient, memory, teenage life, parents and children, memory loss, haunted by the past, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, sincere ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, disability, against the odds, fall in love, cambridge university, love, supportive spouse, handicapped, life is a bitch, couples, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s, 80s ...
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: emotional, touching, sincere, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, hospital, school, dedicated educator, workplace, youth, tragic hero, hopes, disability, misfit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.8
 512
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: touching, uplifting, realistic, sentimental, serious
Plot: cross country, terminal illness, marathon, human spirit, ambition, athlete's life, family relations, disability, hopes, life is a bitch, sport, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A Stranger's Heart (2007)
Genre: Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Man and woman (Peter Dobson and Samantha Mathis) fall in love in a heart transplant facility. They are both attracted to a little girl (Mary Matilyn Mouser) who turns out to be the orphan of their heart donors...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: love affair, human spirit, terminal illness, couples, transplant, hopes, orphan, romance, tragic hero, love and romance, bittersweet, doctors and patients ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Coming-of age feature, set in a New South Wales country town in the 1960s, about a 15 year-old boy. It follows his loves and how he copes with life's problems such as death and departure.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: love triangle, small town, coming of age, friendship, discrimination, first love, family relations, pregnancy, countryside, locket, teenage life, bittersweet ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962, 80s
Place: australia, new south wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 7.3
 512
Shadowlands (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A play based on the friendship between CS Lewis and Joy Gresham.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: death, marriage, faith, christianity, cancer, tragic hero, life is a bitch, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, romance, love and romance, hopes ...
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.1
 16K
Dying Young (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, touching, sad, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, love story, cancer, doctors, life & death, leukemia, couple relations, fall in love, social differences, parents and children, human nature, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Marie's Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marie Heurtin is born both blind and deaf. Sister Marguerette wins her trust and teaches her how to express herself.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, emotional
Plot: mute or deaf, disability, dedicated educator, teachers and students, illness, family relations, hopes, human spirit, parents and children, youth, struggle, nun ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 19th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Warm December (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Widower Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter go to London for a month of dirt-bike racing. While there, Dr. Younger is surprised by finding himself attracted to Catherine, a charming but elusive woman who seems to have some mysterious men following ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, surprise ending
Plot: romance, family relations, couples, power relations, fall in love, couple relations, doctors and patients, parents and children, bittersweet, love and romance, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Don't Let Me Drown (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, two Latino teens discover that sometimes the only thing that can keep them from drowning is love.
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, romance, parents and children, family relations, society, youth, teenager, post september 11 2001, love, profanity, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 2K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman.
Style: sexy, touching, contemplative, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: infidelity, cheating wife, coming of age, love affair, hippie, family relations, summer vacation, bittersweet, adultery, couples, love and romance, romance ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: new york, usa, woodstock, new york state, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%