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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.
Style: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic, sincere
Plot: against the odds, surgery, human spirit, african american, blacks and whites, underdog, urban ghetto, ambition, hopes, youth, single parent, follow your dream, rise to the top, parents and children, urban ghetto life, coming of age, society, family relations, dream come true, graduation, temperamental, christianity, belief, medical, german ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s
Place: usa, medical school, west germany

Most similar movies to Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and sincere films with plots about hopes, human spirit, society, ambition, against the odds, life is a bitch and power relations mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story: Something the Lord Made (2004), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Men of Honor (2000), Temple Grandin (2010), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: surgery, racism, interracial relations, university, prejudice, laboratory, salesman, patient, ambition, hopes, society, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, south africa
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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: sentimental, uplifting, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, life, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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71%
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Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, realistic, rough ...
Plot: human spirit, military, racism, u.s. navy, prejudice, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, follow your dream, african american, navy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, inspirational, compassionate, emotional ...
Plot: against the odds, autism, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, genius, inventions and discoveries, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century, year 1966, 1960s, 1950s, year 1970 ...
Place: new hampshire, usa, boston, harvard university, arizona
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100%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: college, high school, hospital, single parent, social misfits, underdog, school, rehabilitation, university, human spirit, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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32%
Don King: Only in America (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager.
Style: serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: athlete's life, urban ghetto, gangsters, sport, tragic hero, underdog, contests and competitions, rise and fall, human spirit, ambition, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The story of Mary Thomas, the mother of basketball star Isiah Thomas, and how she fought to keep her family together and her sons out of trouble despite the surroundings of poverty, drugs, crime and violence of their ghetto neighborhood.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: urban ghetto life, single parent, sport, parents and children, urban ghetto, family life, hopes, society, family relations, athlete's life, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
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The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, american football, human spirit, college, african american, rise to the top, football, racism, ambition, hopes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Father and Master (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent opposition from his brutal father.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, rough ...
Plot: human spirit, coming of age, parents and children, hopes, society, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, isolation, uneducated, solace ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: captivating, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, freak, disfigurement, dignity, single parent, coming of age, rocker, falling in love, parents and children, teenage love, physical appearance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Radio (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: High school football coach, Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, feel good ...
Plot: disability, sport, small town, underdog, football, radio, friendship, graduation, mentally challenged, human spirit, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: south carolina, cuba, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: disability, social misfits, human spirit, doctors and patients, parents and children, family in crisis, mental illness, misfit, society, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Kenny (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Japan, USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Kenny is a Canadian kid who has a couple of pals and, like a lot of the other lads, idolizes the jock his pretty older sister has chosen as her boyfriend. However, Kenny was born without legs or even the lower part of his body. He gets around (quite ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: teenage life, on the road, disability, hopes, urban ghetto, misfit, youth, family relations, best friends, mentally challenged, underdog, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, philadelphia, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1898, Cambridge, Massachusetts, depicts Annie Sullivan Macy supporting her student Helen Keller at Radcliffe College.
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, mute or deaf, college, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, misfit, youth, power relations, dedicated educator, young heroes, teachers and students ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.6
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Brian's Song (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: friendship, sport, terminal illness, cancer, american football, underdog, human spirit, american football player, interracial relations, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
A Woman Called Golda (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 191 min.
Story: The story of the Russian-born, Wisconsin-raised woman who rose to become Israel's prime minister in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: politics, head of state, leadership, historical figure, rise to the top, ambition, hopes, state affairs, human spirit, introspection, terminal illness, society ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 60s, 70s, 1930s ...
Place: israel, middle east, usa, wisconsin, milwaukee wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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The Athlete (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Ethiopia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero in his own country and to the continent, Bikila was the first ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, world, athlete's life, human spirit, sport, ambition, heroes, hopes, contests and competitions, follow your dream, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: africa, ethiopia, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Cory Weissman is a college basketball player who suffers a devastating stroke. He perseveres to find new meaning in his life both on, and more importantly, off the court.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, captivating
Plot: rehabilitation, college, sport, human spirit, athlete and trainer, life turned upside down, against the odds, hopes, athlete's life, parents and children, college life, disability ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sincere
Plot: redemption, hopes, youth, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, society, power relations, reach out
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: serious, emotional, captivating, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: university, aids, starting over, human spirit, high school, redemption, dysfunctional family, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the rest of his life to the young kids of Harlem. 1996 ...
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: sport, drug abuse, basketball, heroin, vietnam war, athlete's life, ambition, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, urban, contests and competitions, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The River Niger (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: urban ghetto, human spirit, couple relations, down on your luck, family in crisis, terminal illness, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, society, family relations, redemption, love affair ...
Time: 70s
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21%
The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Matthew Perry is real-life inspiration Ron Clark, a passionate and innovative teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in one of Harlem's toughest schools. But to break through to this students, Clark must use unconventional methods, ...
Style: uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: dedicated educator, human spirit, teachers and students, new job, african american, hardcase students, school, urban ghetto, idealism, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1998, year 1994
Place: harlem, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, north carolina ...
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21%
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, realistic, uplifting
Plot: human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, fighting the system, hopes, legal, rebellion, society, legal action, social differences, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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The Hammer (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, deaf, wrestling, athlete's life, sport, human spirit, hopes, contests and competitions, against the odds, ambition, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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20%
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Skin (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: social misfits, human spirit, self discovery, fall in love, forbidden love, parents and children, social differences, family in crisis, physical appearance, racism, love and romance, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, semi serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, betrayal, parents and children, father, hustler, hopes, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, single parent, human nature, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college life, ambition, college, working class, athlete's life, football, university, follow your dream, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female skiing champion is paralyzed in a tragic skiing accident. Her girlfriend is taken out of competition when she contracts polio.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: skiing, paralysis, athlete's life, prodigy, sport, underdog, contests and competitions, crumbling marriage, follow your dream, rehabilitation, rising to stardom, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Elephant Man (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.
Style: serious, uplifting, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: misfit, social misfits, circus, human spirit, physical appearance, against the odds, hopes, society, human nature, doctors and patients, disability, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%