Movies like Hachi-ko

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Hachi-ko (1987)
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Hachi-ko (1987)
Original name: ハチ公物語
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner's life, Hachikō walk with him in the morning and greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the dog waited at Shibuya station. Hachikō Monogatari is a melodramatic film that tells the true story of friendship, trust and affection of Japan's most faithful dog "Hachi", whose bronze statue, to this day, stands watch over Shibuya Station, Tokyo.
Style: sincere, clever, serious, emotional, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, friendship, best friends, dog, bittersweet, pets, loyalty, waiting, owner dog relationship, dog actor, dog movie
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, 30s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sincere films with plots about friendship, friends, family relations, family, youth, dog and hopes mostly in Drama, Family and Biography genres. Some movies like Hachi-ko: Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Different Drummers (2013), The Rebirth (2007), Mermaid (2000), Booky & the Secret Santa (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, human animal relationship, loneliness, pets, loss of friend, animals, life & death, friends, death, family ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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Quill:  The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to a guide dog school, by a friendly, yet firm trainer Satoru ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, disability, optimism, mistrust, animal training, pets, elderly, temperamental, instructor, seeing eye dog, dog, puppy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In Scotland 1865, An old shepherd and his little Skye terrier go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by anyone, and takes to sleeping on his master's grave in the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, anthology
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, dealing with death, pets, family relations, animal life, friends, friendship, adoption, countryside, caretaker, loyalty, pneumonia ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland
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Different Drummers (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When David accurately foretells the death of their teacher and says God told him, Lyle devises a plan to find out if God really exists.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: best friends, disability, youth, friends, friendship, teacher, father son relationship, death of friend, student, foreknowledge, police officer, dog ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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The Rebirth (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Coincidence and the aftermath of violence. A man's middle-school daughter has been murdered. His wife is already deceased. He tells a counselor he wants to live in anonymity, working with his hands. He moves away and gets a job in a factory. ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: murder, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, friendship, small town, loss of daughter, forgiveness, friends, dealing with death, starting over, very little dialogue, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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Mermaid (2000)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Four year old Desi learns to accept the death of her father by sending him a letter on a balloon to which she receives a reply. Based on a true story.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: young heroes, bittersweet, single parent, hopes, family, family problems, parents and children, friendship, death in the family, child's point of view, widow, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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Booky & the Secret Santa (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Booky does everything she can to make an enjoyable Christmas, for her family, during the depression as her father is out of work.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family relations, unemployment, parents and children, family life, family, hopes, bittersweet, family problems, family gatherings, wish come true, friendship, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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The Girl (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Story of a ten-year-old girl left alone in her house in the summer of 1981.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: countryside, childhood, friends, youth, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, coming of age, introspection, when the parents are away, hopes, home alone, summer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, africa, eastern europe
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Sounder (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, prison, dog, interracial relations, racism, against the odds, school, prisoner of war camp, great depression, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
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Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: sincere, heartbreaking, touching, sentimental, sweet ...
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Time: 70s
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Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: sincere, captivating, light, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, family, family relations, pets, single parent, farm, coming of age, youth, dog, teaching the ways of the world, friends, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: usa, iowa
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Ways to Live Forever (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: teenage life, friends, best friends, youth, terminal illness, leukemia, human spirit, friendship between boys, life is a bitch, family, child illness, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Duration: 95 min.
Story: An outcast's relationship with her new summer friend is put to the test when the school year begins.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: kids
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Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Indonesia
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: non-linear, captivating, serious, realistic, emotional ...
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Duration: 97 min.
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Style: semi serious, touching, feel good, sad
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Duration: 84 min.
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Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Two kids - about 11 years old - Marcello and Fatima, meet and like each other very much. Both have dreams and problems. Marcello wants to fly but feels like an absolutely useless human being, Fatima wants to play soccer - which is not acceptable for ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, contemplative
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Country: USA
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Style: serious, realistic, captivating, emotional
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Style: sentimental, touching, tear jerker, inspirational, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids
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Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
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Duration: 144 min.
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Style: sincere, feel good, captivating, realistic, psychological ...
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Genre: Drama, Family
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Duration: 104 min.
Story: A little girl leaves home with her pet dog and rabbit to escape abuse and find the ocean in the hopes of feeling closer to her father who has passed away.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, captivating
Audience: family outing
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 78 min.
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Style: semi serious, realistic, uplifting, touching, sincere
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Style: realistic, touching, serious, gloomy, contemplative
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Style: touching, sad, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
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21%
The Sweetest Gift (1998)
Genre: Drama, Family
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Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two neighboring families in Florida, one black and one white, struggle with the problems of race, poverty, prejudice, and absent fathers, as their children become friends over the course of one summer and fall.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, emotional, touching ...
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Speak Like a Child (1998)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Tiger Eyes (2012)
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Duration: 92 min.
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Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic
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