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Brain on Fire (2016)
 6.6
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Brain on Fire (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada, Ireland
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Susannah Cahalan, an up-and-coming journalist at the New York Post becomes plagued by voices in her head and seizures, causing a rapid descent into insanity.
Style: medical drama, based on true events, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful, neurotic
Plot: fighting illness, hospital, journalist, diagnosis, doctor, catatonia, strong female lead, psychosis, female protagonist, human brain, newspaper reporter, hallucination, female journalist, medical examination, treatment, visual hallucination, capture, young girl, writers, male nudity, brain scan
Time: 21st century
Place: new york

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Most similar movies to Brain on Fire

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and touching films with plots about doctor, hospital, death, storytelling, mother son relationship, flashback and hopes mostly in Biography and Drama genres. Some movies like Brain on Fire: Breakthrough (2019), Living Proof (2008), Chattahoochee (1989), Unplanned (2019), The Pirates of Somalia (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Breakthrough (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake St. Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth's mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there ...
Style: sincere, captivating, thought provoking, touching, sentimental
Plot: religious, faith, hospital, death, paramedic, lake, police, church, doctor, pastor, basketball, singing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.9
 963
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, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: breast cancer, human spirit, doctors and patients, hopes, ego clash, terminal illness, doctor, child illness, power relations, life is a bitch, radiation, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Chattahoochee (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.
Style: serious, disturbing, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, courtroom drama, social decay, injustice, life is a bitch, price of justice, hospital, rebelliousness, criminal heroes, fighting the system, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1955, year 1957, year 1952
Place: florida, usa, korea, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 13K
Unplanned (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose ...
Style: banned film, captivating, thought provoking, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: abortion, transformation, redemption, religious faith, clinic, unplanned pregnancy, unwanted pregnancy, medical clinic, women's rights, female protagonist, propaganda, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, year 2013
Place: texas, xian
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Pirates of Somalia (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, South Africa, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After an inspiring chance encounter with his idol, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer, he attempts to get embedded with the local Somali pirates, ...
Style: based on true events, suspenseful, factual, suspense, exciting
Plot: journalist, pirate, drugs, news report, point of view, journey, adventure, danger, escapades, village, weapons, culture clash ...
Time: year 2008
Place: somalia, canada
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37%
 6.9
 42K
Stronger (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
Style: based on true events, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, compassionate
Plot: rehabilitation, wheelchair, hospital, explosion, terrorist bombing, bombing, conspiracy, saving a life, physical therapy, brother brother relationship, friendship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, year 2014, year 2016, year 2013
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: China, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An award-winning cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel, begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write an Esquire profile piece on the beloved television icon Fred Rogers. After his encounter with Rogers, Vogel's perspective on life is transformed.
Style: thought provoking, enigmatic, psychological, sincere, based on true events
Plot: journalist, friendship, tv star, life philosophy, cynicism, teaching the ways of the world, adaptation, storytelling, social differences, puppet, estranged father, friendship between men ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, contemporary, year 1998
Place: pittsburgh, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 21K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: human spirit, terminal illness, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, research, cure, child illness, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, edinburgh scotland, london, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, intellectual ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, imagination, existentialism, obsession, hallucination, scientist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new jersey, stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.3
 2K
Anna Nicole (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Voluptuous beauty Anna Nicole Smith marries an elderly millionaire and poses for Playboy, but after her husband's death, her excessive drinking, pill-popping and weight fluctuations take their toll.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, sexy
Plot: playboy, rise and fall, celebrity, celebrity culture, rising to stardom, ambition, desire for fame, starlet, drug addiction, posing nude, photo shoot, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 11K
Hannah Arendt (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Luxembourg, France, Israel
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Hannah Arendt is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, psychological, feminist film, contemplative ...
Plot: holocaust, trial, war crime, legal action, journalism, society, legal, post war, nazi, strong female character, strong female lead, against humanity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1961, 1960s
Place: israel, usa, new york, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 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: uplifting, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: poverty, orphan, social activism, kids in trouble, destiny, youth, hopes, female protagonist, empowerment, social injustice, strong female lead, child abuse ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1955
Place: vietnam, saigon, asia, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
150 Milligrams (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the hospital where she works in Brest, France, a lung specialist discovers a direct link between suspicious deaths and state-approved medicine. She fights single-handedly for the truth to come out.
Style: captivating, suspense, tense, suspenseful
Plot: doctor, health, scientist, female protagonist, television, whistleblower, death, blood, danger, illness, female director, tv interview ...
Time: year 2010, year 2011, year 2009
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
 6K
Gods (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in communist Poland of the 80s the movie depicts early career of cardio surgeon Zbigniew Religa.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: politics, operation, doctors and patients, ambition, rise to the top, power relations, heart transplant, surgeon, hospital, doctor, death, clinic ...
Time: 20th century, year 1987, year 1985, 80s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Drama. TV Movie.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: espionage, undercover, secret agents, rise and fall, government agency, betrayal, dishonesty, politics, fbi, cold war, fbi agent, double agent ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story is a made-for-TV film starring Australian actress Poppy Montgomery. The film, which was shot in B.C. Canada locations altered to look like British locations, details the journey of struggling single mother ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: multiple sclerosis, writer's life, rising to stardom, family relations, artists and showbiz, ambition, rise to the top, single parent, ends with biographical notes, mother daughter relationship, abusive relationship, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.3
 28K
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, year 1970, year 1975, 1950s, year 1966 ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, arizona, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 131K
The Founder (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise ...
Style: based on true events, motivational, inspirational, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: business, businessman, salesman, fast food, rags to riches, mcdonald's restaurant, family business, ambition, capitalism, greed, destiny, betrayal ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1929, year 1967 ...
Place: usa, america, california, minnesota, illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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 ⇓
50%
 7.5
 353K
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, alone, extreme sport, cave ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young music student has a seizure forcing her to undergo brain surgery. She comes out of the surgery unable to count or read and has difficulty adapting to life.
Plot: brain surgery, patient, brain damage, surgical mask, surgery, brain tumor, surgeon, latex gloves, medical, surgical gown, treatment, capture ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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 ⇓
31%
 7.3
 8K
On My Skin (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The incredible true story behind the most controversial Italian court cases in recent years. Stefano Cucchi was arrested for a minor crime and mysteriously found dead during his detention. In one week's time, a family is changed forever.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense
Plot: abuse of power, interrogation, lawyer client relationship, injury, police, prisoner, mysterious death, beating, medical examination, brutality, bureaucracy, drug use ...
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 6.6
 130K
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, stylized, witty, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: businesswoman, inventor, career woman, business, family relations, ambition, inventions and discoveries, parents and children, entrepreneur, divorce, single parent, bankruptcy ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Hell and Mr. Fudge (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Hell and Mr. Fudge is an 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Wood and written by Brian Phillip Stoddard. Based on a true story, the film stars Mackenzie Astin as Edward Fudge, an Alabama preacher who has been hired to determine the existence ...
Style: christian film, thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: church, religious intolerance, preacher, hell, clergy, parents and children, parent child relationship, leadership, religions or cults, father son relationship, prejudice, religious differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, lawyer, district attorney, judge, murder, moral dilemma, against the rules, society, legal action, historical figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart is a 2003 NBC TV movie starring Cybill Shepherd as Martha Stewart in which the life of Martha Stewart is outlined starting from her life in New Jersey to the scandal behind her arrest.
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, biting, cynical ...
Plot: ambition, rise to the top, relationship vs career, rise and fall, boss and employee, workplace situations, lifestyle, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, tv show, media satire, obnoxious boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: father son relationship, reconciliation, terminal illness, memory, infidelity, coming of age, teenager, hospital, family relations, loneliness, confrontation, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s, year 1989, 60s, 80s ...
Place: london, brighton, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, 1960s, year 1966
Place: africa, congo, rwanda
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.6
 10K
Rosewater (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped ...
Style: captivating, tense, suspense, brutal, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, journalism, captivity, false accusation, life is a bitch, danger, solitary, interrogation, reporter, torture, anguish, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%