Movies like The Mighty Pawns

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The Mighty Pawns (1987)
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The Mighty Pawns (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 57 min.
Story: Inner city kids are given new direction when they are convinced to join the school chess team.
Style: based on supposedly true story
Plot: teenager, football, school, fight, ghetto, student, game, money, passion, chess, power, african american, theft, school life, team, fear, championship, teenage boy, education, teacher student relationship, strategy, boss, pride, punishment, second chance ...
Time: 80s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and emotional films with plots about school, teacher, teenager, high school, youth, teenage boy and teacher student relationship mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like The Mighty Pawns: Lean on Me (1989), The Dark Horse (2014), Small Voices (2002), The Violation of Sarah McDavid (1981), Halls of Anger (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Lean on Me (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, emotional, atmospheric, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, gang, reform, school principal, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, unwanted pregnancy, human spirit, teachers and students, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new jersey
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95%
The Dark Horse (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 124 min.
Story: One-time Maori speed-chess champ, Genesis Potini, lives with a bi-polar disorder and must overcome prejudice and violence in the battle to save his struggling chess club, his family and ultimately, himself.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, serious
Plot: chess, mental illness, hopes, dedicated educator, contests and competitions, power relations, mentally unstable, compassion, friendship, father son relationship, teaching, mentor ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new zealand
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78%
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Small Voices (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Melinda is a new substitute teacher at the Malawig Elementary School, located in a poor remote barrio. A young university graduate, her family expects her to look for work abroad, but in her idealism she takes on a challenging job in the provincial ...
Plot: teaching, inspiration, teacher student relationship, classroom, rebel, unemployment, dedicated teacher, book, provincial life, school, teenager, elementary school ...
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74%
The Violation of Sarah McDavid (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Sarah McDavid, an idealistic young teacher, takes a job in a rough high school where she is eventually attacked and raped in her classroom after school hours and decides to buck the school system in an attempt to make schools safer for students and ...
Plot: school, woman with glasses, high school teacher, rape victim, alarm, marriage proposal, school principal, teenage boy, female protagonist, classroom, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bicycle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Halls of Anger (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.
Style: sincere, bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: high school, social misfits, urban ghetto, militant, power relations, social relations, hardcase students, youth, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, teachers and students, social differences ...
Time: 60s, 70s
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64%
 7.2
 84K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, friendship, loneliness, liberal, basketball, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
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60%
Standing Tall (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film tells the story of Malony and his education as he grows from a six-year-old into an 18-year-old. A minors’ judge and a caseworker work tirelessly to try to save the young offender.
Style: suspenseful, touching, serious, suspense, disturbing
Audience: teens
Plot: social worker, teenage sex, children's home, juvenile delinquent, teen angst, imprisonment, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage boy, juvenile delinquency, female judge, strong female character, compassion ...
Time: contemporary, year 1997
Place: france
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55%
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: high school, friendship, fish out of water, culture clash, teacher, school teacher, dedicated educator, rebellion, society, hopes, misfit, youth ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Chocolate War (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by selling chocolates.
Style: tense, surreal, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, catholic school, catholic, student, chocolate, boxing, high school life, politics, youth, fighting the system, underdog, society ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
To Sir, with Love (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, high school, school, youth, high school teacher, teacher student relationship, interracial relations, idealism, urban, studying, unsupportive coworkers, win over ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: chess, school, youth, misfit, hopes, human spirit, against the odds, ambition, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, elementary school, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The George McKenna Story (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Washington plays a school principal in a tough inner city Los Angeles high school out to rid it of drugs, gangs, low moral of teachers, and restore educational values.
Plot: inner city, gang warfare, school principal, drugs, teenage boy, teacher student relationship, graffiti, graduation, gang war, assault, urban setting, boss ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Dynamiter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, touching, sincere ...
Plot: small town, family relations, family problems, youth, dysfunctional family, teenage life, innocence lost, coming of age, dysfunctional character, bittersweet, siblings relations, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 8K
Not One Less (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Teacher Gao loves the students in his poor village and is devoted to educating them in the hope of their greater futures. When he is called away to tend to his dying mother for a month, the Mayor calls in an inexperienced 13 year-old replacement, ...
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good ...
Plot: coming of age, teacher, elementary school, studying, mountain, city, classroom, village, chalk, food, girl, mayor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: china, tokyo, japan, new jersey, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: ghetto, money, friendship, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, human nature, family life, parents and children, couple relations, family problems, family relations, slaughterhouse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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37%
 7.3
 105K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: bleak, rough, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, illiteracy, abusive mother, social misfits, sexual abuse, rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, fat girl, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem
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37%
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, feel good, sincere ...
Plot: school, island, interracial relations, family relations, racism, teacher, power relations, culture clash, teachers and students, high school life, college life, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, 60s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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36%
 7.5
 34K
The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: sincere, psychological, melancholic, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, school, school life, self discovery, workplace, social relations, interracial relations, society, teenage life, french, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Maryjane (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A teacher trying to break up a local drug ring is framed and arrested for possession of marijuana.
Style: realistic, serious, psychotronic
Plot: high school, friendship, school, frame up, drug dealing, misfit, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, rebellion, partners, crimes, society ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: boarding school life, dedicated educator, cheating, reunion, hypocrisy, boarding school, teachers and students, coming of age, rebelliousness, contests and competitions, haunted by the past, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: washington d.c., pennsylvania, new jersey
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34%
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Gifted (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Style: inspirational, sweet, touching, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: child prodigy, school, childhood, genius, mathematics, uncle niece relationship, cat, friendship, family, child custody, teacher, custody battle ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, boston, california
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34%
The Explosive Generation (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. ...
Style: sexual, sexy, realistic, serious, psychotronic
Plot: high school, teacher, student, hopes, youth, dedicated educator, hardcase students, urban ghetto, stoners, power relations, couples, society ...
Time: 60s
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33%
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About Ray (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A teenager transitions from female to male, and his family must come to terms with that fact.
Style: emotional, sincere, captivating, disturbing, lgbt cinema ...
Plot: lesbian, teenager, single mother, gender roles, mother daughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, starting over, strong female character, gender, lgbt, transsexual, female director ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
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32%
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Cardboard Boxer (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A homeless man is recruited by a bunch of rich kids to fight other impoverished people.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Plot: streetfighting, fight, little girl, underground fighting, exploitation, hospital, beggar, fistfight, interracial relations, homelessness, wheelchair bound, death of friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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32%
 6.8
 79K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, coming of age, addiction, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, underage drinking, theft, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: feel good, realistic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: high school, mathematics, teacher, studying, cheating, summer school, education, mexican american, idealism, society, dedicated educator, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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31%
 6.8
 23K
Wildlife (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of ...
Style: suspenseful, melancholic, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: teenage boy, infidelity, unemployment, parents and children, husband wife relationship, family drama, coming of age, unemployed, golf, fire, bus, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1960
Place: montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.4
 139
Levelland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama, with skateboards, set in Texas.
Audience: teens
Plot: video camera, marriage, lie, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, ulcer, bare breasts, band, brother brother relationship, restaurant, food, undressing, swimming pool ...
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29%
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American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, contemplative, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: high school, family relations, teenage life, americana, family problems, on the road, dealing with death, single parent, death in the family, working class, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, oregon, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A lyrical telling of the coming of age of a 13-year-old boy who learns to cope with his new found sexuality and his unrequited love for the cool kid in school.
Style: surreal, serious, sentimental, sincere, touching ...
Plot: gay teenager, coming of age, friendship, teenage love, gays and lesbians, gender, youth, teenage life, pretense, make believe, family relations, romance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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