Movies like Lion

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Lion (2016)
 8.0
 212K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, based on true events, compassionate, suspense, dramatic, heartbreaking, scenic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, missing child, survival, loneliness, courage, destiny, foster home, orphanage, long lost relative, lost child, childhood flashback, adopted son, rags to riches, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, little boy, family, past, brother brother relationship, family bonds, childhood memory, street kid, street child, train ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 2008, year 1986, year 2012, year 2010
Place: india, australia, melbourne australia, kolkata, melbourne

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, dramatic, emotional and realistic films with plots about mentor, destiny, storytelling, culture clash, redemption, life philosophy and runaway mostly in Drama, Biography and Comedy genres. Some movies like Lion: Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), The Intouchables (2011), Pay It Forward (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, motivational, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, childhood, poverty, destiny, life is a bitch, society, true love, street kid, journey, tv show, street life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, mumbai india, taj mahal, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, single parent, against the odds, life is a bitch, life, hopes, down on your luck, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, clever, based on true events, educational film ...
Plot: genius, mathematics, mathematician, imagination, scientist, husband wife relationship, indian lead, university, doctor, science, self discovery, discovery ...
Time: 1910s, year 1914, 1920s, year 1976, post world war one
Place: england, india, bombay india
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: friendship, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, culture clash, friends, disability, lifestyle change, handicapped, french, caregiver, human relationship, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 112K
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, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: childhood, single parent, teacher, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, society, school, life philosophy, teachers and students, addiction, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 27K
The Good Lie (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Kenya, India, USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned ...
Style: captivating, rough, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Plot: refugee, culture clash, friendship, fish out of water, life is a bitch, society, immigrants, refugee camp, self sacrifice, survival, courage, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: sudan, usa, kenya, kansas, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 292K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, uplifting, inspirational, motivational, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, interracial relations, american football, life, rising to stardom, athlete's life, family drama, misfit, fish out of water ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, betrayal, single parent, cons and scams, down on your luck, terminal illness, human nature, hustler ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 2K
Noble (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Vietnam
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Christina Noble overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon. A true story.
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, orphan, social activism, youth, hopes, kids in trouble, destiny, social injustice, strong female lead, female protagonist, empowerment, child abuse ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1955
Place: vietnam, saigon, asia, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 94K
Philomena (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A woman searches for her adult son, who was taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, captivating, heartbreaking ...
Plot: nun, adoption, journalist, search, loss of son, golden years, forgiveness, secret, convent, self discovery, church, buried truth ...
Time: 50s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: ireland, washington d.c., england, usa, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Style: based on true events, atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, touching
Plot: servant, queen victoria, british history, queen of england, intergenerational friendship, woman, royal court, interracial friendship, hindu, friendship, racism, death of protagonist ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: india, florence, scotland, buckingham palace, florence italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 6K
Hawking (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Professor Stephen Hawking's early years is told for the first time in a major drama for BBC Two.It is 1963, and our young cosmologist celebrates his 21st birthday. At the party is a new friend, Jane Wilde - there is a strong ...
Style: inspirational, sentimental, emotional, dramatic, based on true events ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: destiny, science, physicist, disability, genius, storytelling, life philosophy, self discovery, husband wife relationship, family relations, life is a bitch, mathematics ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 27K
Temple Grandin (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: autism, against the odds, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, teacher, mentally challenged, genius ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1981, year 1966 ...
Place: new hampshire, boston, usa, arizona, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, factual, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: childhood, writers, disney, writer's life, hollywood, showbiz, filmmaking, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, secretary, rehearsal ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1961, year 1964 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, australia, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Style: sad, sincere, captivating, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: jungle, gorilla, extinction, environmentalism, mountain, human spirit, fighting the system, animals, obsessive quest, environmental, forces of nature, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1966, 1960s
Place: africa, congo, rwanda
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 26K
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, love and romance, single parent, parents and children, family relations, protective parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 128K
Joy (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.
Style: inspirational, witty, stylized, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: businesswoman, inventor, family relations, ambition, parents and children, inventions and discoveries, entrepreneur, business, divorce, career woman, single parent, bankruptcy ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, police detective, family problems, crimes, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 33K
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: psychological, touching, uplifting, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: psychiatrist, therapy, african american, redemption, child abuse, navy, anger, demotion, childhood, haunted by the past, human spirit, changing lives ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico, cleveland ohio, san diego california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: serious, sincere, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, prejudice, surgery, racism, university, human spirit, patient, partners, society, ambition, blacks and whites, african american ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, nashville tennessee, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 347K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: suspense, inspirational, uplifting, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, human spirit, courage, desert, loneliness, adventure, desperation, extreme sport, cave, hallucination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, friendship, loyalty, friends, animals, pets, loss of friend, life & death, loneliness, death, human animal relationship, family ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: baseball, fish out of water, athlete's life, sport, ambition, against the odds, culture clash, underdog, rivalry, contests and competitions, society, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, usa, california, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 18K
Genius (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named ...
Style: intellectual, melancholic, talky, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: writers, novelist, genius, eccentricity, creativity, book editor, unlikely friendships, destiny, obsession, mentor, writer's life, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 20K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, parents and children, ira, alcohol abuse, injustice, unemployment, human nature, society, family relations, irish, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, usa, europe, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional, touching ...
Plot: reconciliation, terminal illness, memory, father son relationship, infidelity, coming of age, teenager, hospital, family relations, loneliness, confrontation, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 80s, year 1962, 1960s ...
Place: london, brighton, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.8
 88K
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house and a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sentimental, romantic, road movie ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, starting over, introspection, love, love affair, travel, hopes, fall in love, lifestyle change, midlife crisis, female protagonist, tourist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, indonesia, india, rome italy, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.5
 3K
The Italian (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, harsh ...
Plot: orphan, orphanage, adoption, youth, family relations, self discovery, hopes, parents and children, russian, friendship, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: russia, italy, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, touching, serious, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: child abuse, racism, punishment, australian outback, culture clash, survival, kidnapping, life is a bitch, hopes, outback, aborigine, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, interesting ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, existentialism, imagination, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new jersey, stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%