Movies like Captains of the Sands

If you like "Captains of the Sands" you are looking for psychological, light and unusual plot structure movies about / with poverty, homeless teenager, burglar, orphan, teenage boy, homelessness and street urchin themes of Adventure genre shot in Brazil or Portugal.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Captains of the Sands (2011)
 6.3
 946
Captains of the Sands (2011)
Original name: Capitães da Areia
Genre: Adventure
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Duration: 96 min.
Story: About the life and adventures of a gang of abandoned street kids known as "Capitães da Areia" (Captains of the Sands), in Salvador, Bahia, during the 1950s.
Style: psychological, light, unusual plot structure, contemplative
Plot: poverty, homeless teenager, burglar, orphan, teenage boy, homelessness, street urchin, brazilian, infection, gang, death, boy, street kid, abandoned baby, outcast, little boy, imprisonment, female director
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: brazil, northeast brazil

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Captains of the Sands

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, realistic, serious and psychological films with plots about youth, adventure, orphan, escapades, coming of age, society and boy mostly in Adventure, Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Captains of the Sands: The Great Elephant Escape (1995), My Lucky Elephant (2013), Where the River Runs Black (1986), Settlement of Crows (1978), The Highwayman (2022). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Great Elephant Escape (1995)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two young boys help an elephant escape from an African animal orphanage when he is bought by a wealthy American. The trio dodge poachers, the police and lions on a journey they'll never forget.
Plot: youth, ranch, american abroad, human animal relationship, interracial friendship, elephant, boy, child protagonist, hyena, lion, american, orphan ...
Place: africa, kenya
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
My Lucky Elephant (2013)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA, Thailand
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a far away land of jungles and wild animals, there lived a little orphan boy who was all alone in the world. But he knew that no matter how hard life can be, it's always better if you can share it with a friend. This is the story of how he ...
Audience: kids
Plot: youth, orphan, elephant, poverty, friendship
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Where the River Runs Black (1986)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An orphaned boy who was raised in the Amazon jungle is brought back to civilization by a priest who knows his father.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Plot: jungle, coming of age, river, youth, priest, feral child, social justice, revenge, escape, murder of mother, child protagonist, loss of mother ...
Time: 80s
Place: brazil, south america, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Settlement of Crows (1978)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 64 min.
Story: First movie of the famous Czech adventure trilogy: Osada Havranů Na veliké rece Volání rodu
Plot: boy, countryside, child protagonist, male objectification
Time: stone age
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
The Highwayman (2022)
Genre: Adventure
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Famed highway robber Dick Turpin finds himself on the run in the English countryside having accidentally kidnapped the Earl of Pembroke's feisty daughter, Elizabeth. As her fiance Winthroppe attempts to track them down, Elizabeth begins to fall ...
Style: psychological, romantic, disturbing, captivating
Plot: burglar, criminal on the run, love triangle, love interest, relationship problems, on the lam, kidnapping, love story, romantic rivalry, love affair, couple relations, love and romance ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 13K
Lean on Pete (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home.
Style: road movie, sad, exciting, captivating, light ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: horse, teenage boy, racehorse, teenager, coming of age, single father, father son relationship, doctor, on the road, horse trainer, death of father, running ...
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.2
 431
The Bosses (2015)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Mexico
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Poncho is a student at a prestigious college in northern Mexico who is immersed along a single day on a whirlwind adventure through the various levels of the narc world after accepting the help of "Greñas", a guy working in the parking ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, captivating, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: drug addict, bandit, student, drugs, criminal, drug use, drug abuse, drug lord, escapades, outlaw gang, social problems, college student ...
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963)
Genre: Adventure
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After he is orphaned by an air raid on Port Said during the Suez Crisis, a young boy attempts to go by himself from the Suez Canal to Durban in South Africa where his nearest relative, Aunt Jane, lives. On the way he meets a variety of different ...
Style: cult film
Plot: coming of age, children in wartime, boy, british empire, journey, child protagonist, american, mountain, vaccination, blinded, orphan, aunt ...
Time: year 1956, year 1957
Place: africa, egypt, south africa, sudan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
In Gold We Trust (2010)
Genre: Adventure
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of adventurers make off with 600 kilograms of gold in Guyana, but when their helicopter crashes in the jungle, gold fever takes over.
Style: exciting, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, adventurer, heist, crime gone awry, escapades, adventure, crimes, gang, on the run, survival, nothing goes right, obsessive quest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Huck and the King of Hearts (1994)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Taking place in the 1990's, Huck and his card shark friend, Jim, travel from California to Nevada searching for Huck's long-lost grandpa. Along the way, a deceived card player chases the two across the states with his two, less ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, emotional, touching, feel good ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: youth, on the run, adventure, mischievous children, chase, coming of age, family, orphan, society, politics, dangerous animal, young heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, nevada, missouri, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Golden Goddess of Rio Beni (1964)
Genre: Adventure
Country: West Germany, France, Spain, Brazil
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An aviator of a commercial line disappears in the Brazilian jungle. Two friends organize an expedition to find him. As if there were not enough dangers in the Amazon, three members of the expedition have another goal: to steal a golden goddess.
Plot: bully, amazon, bounty hunter, manhunt, mafia, jungle, snake, aviation
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
My Uncle Killed a Guy (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: Brazil
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eder (Lázaro Ramos) is arrested after confessing the murder of a man. Duca (Darlan Cunha), a 15 years old boy who is Eder's nephew, wants to prove the innocence of his uncle, he's sure that his uncle confessed the crime to protect his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, light, captivating, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, teenage love, murder, amateur detective, uncover truth, teenage life, investigation, best friends, who done it, mystery, love and romance, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Catherine Called Birdy (2022)
Genre: Adventure
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A teenage girl in Medieval England navigates life and tries to avoid the arranged marriages her father maps out for her.
Plot: religion, ancient, arranged marriage, teenage girl, dowry, prankster, wooing, menarche, medieval, jealousy, marriage, coming of age ...
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Treasure Island (2007)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Germany
Duration: 186 min.
Story: A terrible storm is raging the night it all begins - with a knock on the door. 17-year-old Jim Hawkins helps his widowed mother run their little tavern on the coast of 19th century England. When the door is opened they are startled by a sight that ...
Style: serious, exciting, intense, captivating, talky
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: pirate, treasure map, ship, adventurer, young heroes, daring rescue, obsessive quest, heroes, rebelliousness, youth, betrayal, gang ...
Time: 18th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Master of Ballantrae (1984)
Genre: Adventure
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The story of two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn apart by the Jacobite rising of 1745.
Plot: ancient, sword, duel, sword duel, sword fight, swashbuckler, brother brother relationship, faked death, estate, jealousy, sibling rivalry, swordsman ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century, georgian era
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.4
 278
Flight to Fury (1964)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: This adventure is set in the Philippines and chronicles the exploits of two men who survive a plane crash in the jungle. One of the men is an avaricious killer who has come to the islands to search for a fortune in diamonds. The other is an ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, exciting, psychological, psychotronic
Plot: jungle, survivor, diamond, crash, wilderness, airplane, smuggling, adventure, buddies, isolation, murder, adventurer
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Inseln vor dem Wind (2012)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 89 min.
Style: captivating, suspense, light, feel good
Plot: treasure hunt, expedition, gold, sailboat, island, sunken ship, sunken treasure, tropical island, sailing, captain, scuba diving, emerald ...
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
An Elephant's Journey (2017)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A lost orphan boy and a giant elephant team up to take down an elephant poaching syndicate.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, disturbing
Plot: elephant, animals, orphan, safari, poacher, jungle, missing child, lost, wild animal, human animal relationship, animal human communication, poaching ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
gang movies
3685
death movies
15236
boy movies
boy
4659
 5.3
 1K
The Islands (2019)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true-life story of Chiefess Kapiolani who descended into an active volcano to demonstrate her new-found faith and ushered in a new beginning in Hawaii.
Style: christian film, serious, stylized, psychological
Plot: clergy, christian, teaching the ways of the world, leadership, society, sermon, legends and myths, ambition, hopes, going straight, religion, historical character ...
Time: victorian era
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
What Taiga Was Silent About (1965)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Ad ventures of a few brave boys deep in Russian taiga.
Plot: boy, boss, hunter, old man, mother, teacher, girl, river, priest, taiga
Place: ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Prince of Central Park (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young boy sets out to find his mother. After setting up camp in Central Park, he encounters a group of people even needier than himself.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: kids
Plot: orphan, homeless, mischievous children, on the run, family problems, family life, custody, homeless teenager, youth, single parent, dealing with death, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Mara of the Wilderness (1965)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An altruistic park ranger stumbles upon a beautiful but feral young girl who spent most of her life being raised by a pack of white wolves. But his plans to tame her wild ways are cut short when an enterprising trapper hears about her story and sets ...
Style: serious
Plot: feral child, wilderness, park ranger, animal life, escapades, adventure, orphan, forest, trap, helicopter, hunter, cave ...
Time: 60s
Place: alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.6
 161
Cold River (1982)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on the novel Winterkill, by William Judson, Cold River is the story of an Adirondack guide who takes his young daughter and step-son on a long camping trip in the fall of 1932. When winter strikes unexpectedly early (a natural phenomenon known ...
Audience: teens
Plot: camping, winter, treasure hunt, youth, nature, survival, teenage boy, teenage girl, teenager, death of father, snow, isolation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 4.4
 325
Dolphin Kick (2019)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On a tropical island vacation, a young boy's friendship with a playful and friendly dolphin helps him find the courage to get back in the water after the sudden loss of his mother.
Style: captivating, sincere, psychological, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: tropical island, dolphins, youth, friendship, friends, family, adventure, escapades, adaptation, miraculous event, teenage life, ocean ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Celestial Camel (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When his father sells their baby camel Altynka, his mother, Mara, escapes to be find her calf. Her disappearance is a potential disaster for the family so eldest son, Bayir, takes off to retrieve her. What follows is part road movie, part ...
Style: light, sincere, captivating, visually appealing, contemplative
Plot: poverty, faith, russian, father, filmmaker, girl, brother, desert, filmmaking, camel, friendship, friend ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Shandra: The Jungle Girl (1999)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of the South American jungle, a legendary creature known only as “Shandra” has been attacking men by the light of the full moon. But this extraordinary invader inflicts pleasure rather than pain!
Style: erotic, sexy, serious, sexual, suspenseful ...
Plot: erotica, sex scene, making love, fetish, exploitation, jungle, femme fatale, adventure, deadly creature, strong sexual content, sexual abuse, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
 592
Smart Cookies (2012)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Canada
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A high-maintenance realtor forced to do community service must lead a group of hopeless girl scouts in the regional cookie drive competition.
Style: feel good, semi serious, captivating, light, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: friendship, rivalry, teenage life, youth, scout, ambition, team, competition, society, contests and competitions, family, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 4.4
 289
The Favorite (1989)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Switzerland, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French girl is kidnapped and sold as slave to the sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, epic
Plot: sultan, head of state, intrigue, state affairs, love and romance, rivalry, confined, society, royal family, royal court, dehumanization, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century
Place: ottoman empire, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.5
 191
Klondike Fever (1980)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Canada
Duration: 119 min.
Story: This movie chronicles Jack London's epic journey from San Francisco to the Klondike gold fields in 1898.
Style: exciting, realistic, semi serious, atmospheric
Plot: graphic violence, clergy, society, survival, escapades, heroes, adventure, friends, wilderness, dog sled, gold rush, cancan dance ...
Time: 1890s, 19th century
Place: alaska, england, london, yukon
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Marchland (2010)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Marchland is a road-trip action-comedy, where two families collide on the Canadian-American border. The Van Jurgens, three brothers burdened with caring for their catatonic father after the recent death of their mother, and facing foreclosure on the ...
Plot: money, death, police, brother brother relationship, boarder, drugs, smuggling, gambling, french, gun
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%