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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.
Style: motivational, rough, bleak, disturbing, factual
Plot: hunger, school, farming, teacher, violence, theft, childhood, grain, survival, courage, life is a bitch, freedom, hopes, desperation, society, defiant, destiny, justice, food, teenage boy, junkyard, dog, student, book, puppy ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and emotional films with plots about life is a bitch, society, friendship, drinking, storytelling, youth and school mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: 12 Years a Slave (2013), Country (1984), Time of the Wolf (2003), Angela's Ashes (1999), Fish Tank (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, heartbreaking, rough ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, rape, survival, racial slur, civil rights ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, survival, life is a bitch, couple relations, couples, against the odds, family in crisis, parents and children, crumbling marriage, hopes, down on your luck, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
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100%
Time of the Wolf (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Austria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.
Style: bleak, disturbing, psychological, sincere, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, contamination, family relations, hopes, chaos and mayhem, family in crisis, parents and children, life is a bitch, escapades, dealing with death, countryside, worldwide chaos ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo
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100%
 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, unemployment, irish, life is a bitch, prejudice, coming of age, ira, teacher, human nature, society, family relations, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, usa, new york, europe, america ...
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100%
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Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: age difference, family problems, innocence lost, fall in love, youth, adolescence, party, coming of age, boyfriend, dysfunctional family, rebelliousness, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
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100%
 7.7
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Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, unhappy, dedicated educator, social relations, society, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
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Scrubbers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend ...
Style: rough, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: survival, prison, fighting the system, danger, reunion, youth, society, prison life, juvenile delinquency, school, kids in trouble, confined ...
Time: 80s
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58%
First, Last and Deposit (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Tessa (Jessica White) faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized by the fact that Tessa's school ...
Style: gloomy, rough, touching, bleak, serious ...
Plot: survival, school, eviction, showbiz, society, life is a bitch, down on your luck, suburban life, urban ghetto life, parents and children, corporate crimes, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
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53%
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 6.8
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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, gloomy, tense, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, makeover, theft, peer pressure, addiction, friendship, marijuana, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, teen angst, underage drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
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50%
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If.... (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The film is a caustic portrait of a traditional English boys’ boarding school, where social hierarchy reigns supreme and power remains in the hands of distanced and ineffectual teachers and callously vicious prefects in the Upper Sixth. But three ...
Style: biting, surreal, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: rebellion, youth, coming of age, social satire, boarding school life, school, boarding school, social differences, rebelliousness, innocence lost, society, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.7
 979
Mirage (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of Macedonia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As Macedonia faces its difficult transition, a boy escapes into a world of his own creation.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, school, poet, teenage life, power relations, urban ghetto, family relations, kids in trouble, friends, betrayal, society, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: macedonia, europe, france, former yugoslavia, bosnia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Kite Runner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
Style: emotional, realistic, epic, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: muslim, betrayal, rape, friendship, redemption, childhood, courage, guilt, invasion, bully, secret, death ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, california, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Magnifico (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With a daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy and a son who's lost his much-needed scholarship, an impoverished married couple begins to abandon their faith and courage in the face of such misfortune. But when a gifted young boy called ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, school, death in the family, family problems, single parent, youth, disability, siblings relations, unfulfillment, down on your luck, dealing with death, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear holocaust, radiation, life is a bitch, future dystopia, danger, nuclear war, chaos, parents and children, demolished city, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.6
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Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: rage, domestic violence, dog, violence, abuse, death of husband, prison visit, beating, pub, urination, drunkenness, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 80K
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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, student, liberal, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, high school, coach, cocaine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Small Faces (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, serious, tense ...
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, dysfunctional family, coming of age, human nature, misfit, introspection, society, juvenile delinquency, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.6
 448
Lamb (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Michael Lamb is a Father questioning his calling, in a Reform School in Ireland. When young epileptic runaway Eoin is sent to the school, the two recognise kindred spirits and escape to London together. With the police on their tail and the money ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, kidnapping, on the run, religions or cults, life is a bitch, crimes, teachers and students, hopes, dealing with death, parents and children, elderly, working class ...
Time: 80s
Place: ireland, england, london, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.2
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Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, parents and children, addiction, school, death, life philosophy, bully ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Cider with Rosie (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, captivating, realistic
Plot: coming of age, village, classroom, bicycle, deserter, friendship, youth, society, friends, social relations, wartime life, village life ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, robbery, jealousy, stabbing, theft, addiction, introspection, prison life, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: phoenix arizona, paris france, italy, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspense, depressing, serious ...
Plot: convent, sexual harassment, nun, sin, punishment, human spirit, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, irish, rebellion, clergy, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: rough, disturbing, gloomy, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: high school, culture clash, friendship, fish out of water, teacher, rebellion, teenage life, administration, dedicated educator, hardcase students, chaos and mayhem, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: teacher, high school, school, youth, high school teacher, teacher student relationship, idealism, unsupportive coworkers, teenage life, dedication, uneducated, dignity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
In This World (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: on the road, orphan, refugees, immigrants, politics, danger, hopes, life is a bitch, society, friendship, death, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, year 2002, year 2001
Place: iran, pakistan, afghanistan, middle east, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 99K
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: emotional, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, dysfunctional family, social misfits, fear, aids, parents and children, physical appearance, sexual abuse, teacher, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 8K
Ratcatcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, rough ...
Plot: mouse, drowning, canal, neighbor, coming of age, realism, youth, dysfunctional family, misfit, society, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.
Style: stylized, touching, serious, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: misery, purity, donkey, cruelty, redemption, friendship, parents and children, innocence lost, society, misfit, human nature, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A World Apart (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Zimbabwe
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her father disappears one night, barely evading arrest, and, ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: political unrest, injustice, apartheid, mother daughter relationship, family problems, fighting the system, rebelliousness, society, missing person, idealism, discrimination, rebellion ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Titanic Town (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Belfast 1972: The politically naive Bernie is trying to bring up a normal family in less than normal surroundings. Her best friend is accidentally shot dead by the IRA, and her neighbours are constantly raided by the army. In this climate of fear ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: politics, school, state affairs, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, hopes, unfulfillment, parents and children, deadly, political unrest, social decay, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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