Movies like The Paper Chase 1973

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The Paper Chase (1973)
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The Paper Chase (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A first-year law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor.
Style: uplifting, feel good, serious, captivating, tense, touching, intense, realistic, talky, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: college, law student, youth, student life, college life, contests and competitions, self discovery, instructor, hopes, human nature, fall in love, male bonding, male friendship, paper airplane, justice, love story, betrayal, friendship between men, chase, coming of age, teachers and students, love and romance, introspection, twentysomething life, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, usa, boston, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, feel good and humorous films with plots about mentor, runaway, storytelling, dialogue, friendship, coming of age and culture clash mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Paper Chase: Larry Crowne (2011), Dead Poets Society (1989), 3 Idiots (2009), The Four Seasons (1981), Fandango (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Larry Crowne (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When he suddenly finds himself without his long-standing blue-collar job, Larry Crowne enrolls at his local college to start over. There, he becomes part of an eclectic community of students and develops a crush on his teacher.
Style: humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: college, loss of job, romance, student life, starting over, teacher, teacher student relationship, fall in love, self fulfillment, power relations, self esteem, petty job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new jersey
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, literature, poetry, teacher, coming of age, poet, dedicated educator, suicide, philosophy, student, private school ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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50%
The Paper Chase (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: Critically lauded drama about the life and pressures of a group of students at a prestigious Eastern law school, with a strict and domineering contract-law professor named Charles Kingsfield, who alternately inspires and terrifies the students.
Style: clever, witty, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: college, law school, ambition, youth, legal, coming of age, social relations, social activist, campus, power relations, college life, student life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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70%
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3 Idiots (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 170 min.
Story: In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like ...
Style: inspirational, entertaining, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: rebelliousness, friends, journey, motivation, talented, student life, bollywood, college, teachers and students, buddies, romance, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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29%
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The Four Seasons (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, bittersweet, best friends, partners, self discovery, parents and children, human nature, wilderness, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new england
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Fandango (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: male bonding, male friendship, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, young lovers, adolescence vs adulthood, student life, love and romance, buddies, on the road, travel ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: texas, austin texas, vietnam
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55%
Calvin Marshall (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A college student is determined to become a Major League Baseball star, but finds his true calling instead.
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, college, self discovery, follow your dream, ambition, underdog, romance, youth, hopes, love and romance, athlete's life, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Real Women Have Curves (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Freshly graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University. Her very traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not the time for college.
Style: touching, captivating, sentimental, uplifting, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: coming of age, physical appearance, self fulfillment, working class, youth, culture clash, society, unsupportive parent, family business, overweight, latinos, honest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, united states, new york ...
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55%
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Nanban (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: The plot of the film illustrates the embankment of two friends on a quest for a lost buddy, who was once an optimistic and successful student. On their journey, they recount their college life and special moments that the three shared up until their ...
Style: humorous, touching, sincere, light, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, college, student, romance, coming of age, fall in love, old friend, search, teachers and students, college life, free spirited, professor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Blue Like Jazz (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young man must find his own way as his Southern Baptist roots don't seem to be acceptable at his new liberal arts college.
Style: humorous, realistic, sincere, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: college, bookstore, introspection, youth, social relations, student life, fall in love, philosophy, church, college life, campus, pinata ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oregon, texas, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
A Family Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, biracial, self discovery, family problems, parents and children, family life, death in the family, human nature, siblings relations, hopes, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Tumbleweeds (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom takes up with a controlling trucker and fights with her ...
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, entertaining, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: asthma, mother daughter relationship, on the road, starting over, human nature, self discovery, family problems, single parent, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, coming of age ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, west virginia, san diego california, south carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Renaissance Man (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Danny DeVito plays an advertising man who is slowly sliding downhill. When he is fired from his job in Detroit, he signs up for unemployment. One day they find him a job; Teaching thinking skills to Army recruits. He arrives on base to find that ...
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, instructor, misfit, hopes, military life, unlikely friendships, honest ...
Time: 90s
Place: detroit, brooklyn new york city, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Dad (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, parents and children, hopes, family life, doctors, hospital, terminal illness, family drama, heart attack, family bonds, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Lords of Flatbush (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Directed by Martin Davidson and Stephen Verona, The Lords of Flatbush is a low budget film starring Perry King, Henry Winkler and Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote additional dialog). Set in the late 1950s, the coming-of-age story follows four ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, touching, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, youth, gang, coming of age, self discovery, human nature, goofy hero, friends, parents and children, buddies, wedding, gangs ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Wonder Boys (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, divorce, professor, writers, adultery, dog, college, alienation, university, marijuana, friends, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, dishonesty, manipulations, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Sure Thing (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gib, a beer-guzzling slob, and Alison, an uptight Ivy-Leaguer, are an unlikely duo stuck together on a cross-country trip during Christmas break. At first they get on each other's nerves but, as time passes, they find their divergent natures ...
Style: road movie, feel good, humorous, touching, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: student life, road trip, youth, college, on the road, couples, coming of age, romance, fall in love, swimming pool, cross country, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, strong female presence, teenage life, small town life, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, custody, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Anywhere But Here (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August is bad with money, and even worse when it comes to making decisions. Her straight-laced daughter, Ann, is a successful high school student with Ivy League aspirations. When ...
Style: touching, feel good, contemplative, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, coming of age, audition, family relations, hollywood, dream, teen angst, bittersweet, small town, small town life, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Michael McCann is thrown over by the woman he loves, he becomes something of a misanthrope and a miser, spending all of his spare money on collectible gold coins. Living in the same town is an affluent family with two sons: John and Tanny. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, custody, hopes, redemption, legal, legal action, family relations, family problems, friends, friendship, small town, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Try Seventeen (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Teenager Jones has opted not to go to college and is instead renting a room in a boarding house to work on his writing skills. Soon, Jones finds himself dividing his time between two women: a young actress named Lisa and a photographer named Jane. ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: college, coming of age, love triangle, road trip, romance, looking for love, fall in love, teenage life, parents and children, youth, alcohol abuse, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: New York, 1937. A teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, ambition, youth, actor's life, teenage life, historical figure, romance, artists and showbiz, blind ambition, fall in love, boss and employee, theater ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
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50%
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First Daughter (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Samantha MacKenzie, the daughter of the president of the United States, arrives at college with a group of Secret Service agents. Samantha, however, resents their presence and decides she wants to attend school just like a normal student. Her father ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, sweet, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: college life, unlikely couple, usa president, white house, fall in love, college, secret agents, student life, youth, love and romance, friendship, first lady ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, washington d.c., san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two students from neighboring colleges in upstate New York are swept up in a tragic romantic interlude calling for a maturity of vision beyond their experience of capabilities. Pookie Adams - a kooky, lonely misfit with no family and no place to go, ...
Style: realistic, humorous, sentimental, touching, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: college, college life, couple relations, introspection, opposites attract, coming of age, unlikely couple, young lovers, misfit, student life, broken heart, bus ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, touching, intellectual, romantic, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, dedicated educator, femininity, college, art, art history, gender, society, fighting the system, college life, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, manhattan new york city, yale university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
10 Items or Less (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the outskirts of Los Angeles to do some field research. He subsequently becomes stranded, without a car or cell phone, and accepts a ride home with Scarlet, ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, introspection, research, job interview, movie star, on the road, friends, celebrity culture, actor's life, stranger, shopping ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Monsieur Ibrahim is a story about a young Jewish boy in Paris who meets an old Muslim Turkish grocery store owner. The film touches the themes of friendship and love as the old man is a father figure to the boy as he teaches him of the Koran. The ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, uplifting, atmospheric ...
Plot: muslim, friendship, adoption, generation gap, koran, family relations, man boy relationship, self discovery, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, youth, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, albania, persia, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, grandmother, aunt, self discovery, human nature, eccentric family, bittersweet, family problems, family relations, loan, siblings relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Mumford (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: small town, therapy, psychologist, fall in love, romance, hidden identity, starting over, mysterious character, power relations, small town life, depression, mental illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: china, west virginia, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%