Movies like Philomena

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Philomena (2013)
 7.6
 89K
Philomena (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A woman searches for her adult son, who was taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, captivating, heartbreaking, sentimental, compassionate, based on true events, intense, gloomy ...
Plot: adoption, nun, journalist, search, golden years, forgiveness, secret, loss of son, coping, convent, self discovery, church, buried truth, haunted by the past, forceful separation, religious intolerance, life is a bitch, elderly, irish, christianity, unwanted pregnancy, regret, journalism, mother love, belief ...
Time: 50s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 1950s, 2000s, year 2003 ...
Place: ireland, washington d.c., england, usa, oxford university

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, emotional and dramatic films with plots about mentor, runaway, storytelling, destiny, friendship, catastrophe and dialogue mostly in Drama, Comedy and Biography genres. Some movies like Philomena: Lion (2016), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Lady in the Van (2015), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), The Shipping News (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
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Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: motivational, touching, sentimental, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, missing child, survival, childhood, loneliness, courage, destiny, long lost relative, lost child, adopted son, little boy ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, melbourne
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 124 min.
Story: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways as the residents find new purpose ...
Style: uplifting, feel good, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: elderly, loneliness, golden years, hotel, aging, marital problem, self discovery, introspection, retirement home, goodhearted, choice, personal growth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Lady in the Van (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
Style: witty, touching, talky, humorous, ironic ...
Plot: golden years, social differences, elderly, intergenerational friendship, old woman, van, homeless woman, eccentricity, piano playing, friendship, alter ego, writers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, humorous, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: youth, single parent, teenage pregnancy, couple relations, becoming an adult, adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, self discovery, family problems, parenthood, pregnancy, drug addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, starting over, haunted by the past, single parent, love and romance, parents and children, love affair, romance, family relations, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
Style: sentimental, humorous, feel good, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: elderly lovers, hotel, elderly, friendship, aging, retirement home, disorder, culture clash, mentor, romance, twists & turns, mistaken identity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.0
 16K
Iris (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Style: touching, intellectual, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: aging, alzheimer's disease, understanding, writer's life, love, couple relations, love of one's life, virginity, life & death, character study, loneliness, terminal illness ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, 1950s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Monsieur Ibrahim is a story about a young Jewish boy in Paris who meets an old Muslim Turkish grocery store owner. The film touches the themes of friendship and love as the old man is a father figure to the boy as he teaches him of the Koran. The ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, uplifting, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, muslim, generation gap, koran, self discovery, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, family relations, young heroes, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, paris france, persia, albania, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 7.2
 27K
Stan & Ollie (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida – a formidable ...
Style: emotional, based on true events, touching, factual, sincere
Plot: comedy duo, friendship, concert tour, comedian, heart attack, performer's life, colleague colleague relationship, dispute, family relations, music hall, dressing room, hotel desk clerk ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, year 1937
Place: glasgow scotland, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.6
 50K
Chaplin (1992)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy, Japan, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: With the use of flashback, an elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, touching, factual ...
Plot: silent film, actor, rising to stardom, actor's life, exile, childhood, artists and showbiz, success, ambition, lifestyle, hollywood, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1940s, 1960s, 1930s ...
Place: london, switzerland, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.4
 6K
Saint Ralph (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This Canadian made comedy/drama, set in Hamilton, Ontario in 1954, is a sweet and - at times - goofy story that becomes increasingly poignant as the minutes tick by. It's the fictional tale of a wayward 9th grader, Ralph (Adam Butcher), who is ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, friendship, runner, human spirit, ambition, goodhearted, teachers and students, religion, coming of age, fighting the system, fainting, confession ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1954
Place: ireland, europe, ontario canada, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, dysfunctional family, small town, family relations, haunted by the past, siblings relations, unfulfillment, homecoming, life philosophy, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Strange Relations (2001)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Drama - A NYC psychiatrist is diagnosed with leukemia - and when he finds out he was adopted, he travels to England in search of his birth mother and some answers. - Paul Reiser, Amber Sealey, Lachele Carl
Style: humorous, emotional, realistic, touching, semi serious
Plot: adoption, siblings relations, eccentric family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, child illness, parents and children, single parent, family life, transplant, family problems, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, europe, new york, england, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.0
 9K
House of D (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the present, artist Tom Warshaw recalls his traumatic coming of age. As a 13-year-old growing up in New York City in 1973, Tom hangs out with Pappass, a mentally disabled man. With Tom's mother battling depression after the death of her ...
Style: sentimental, light, emotional, intense, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, self discovery, troublemaker, haunted by the past, teenage life, parents and children, coming of age, mentally challenged, love and romance, misfit, basketball, confession ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: new york, europe, usa, france, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Driving Lessons (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parents and children, love and romance, artists and showbiz, actor's life, family problems, family relations, friendship, actress, letter, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, scotland, edinburgh scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the 1970s, a foundling lad, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving his Irish town for London, in part to look for his mother and in part because his trans-gender nature is beyond the town's understanding.
Style: surreal, touching, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: transvestism, gender bending, gay, irish, dysfunctional family, social relations, self discovery, gays and lesbians, human spirit, hopes, musician's life, small town life ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
 217K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: journey, terminal illness, elderly, follow your dream, adventure, friendship, unlikely friendships, human spirit, golden years, millionaire, mechanic, dying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, taj mahal, usa, africa, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
 48K
Ida (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Denmark, France, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Anna, a young novitiate in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, melancholic, art house ...
Plot: nun, family secret, orphan, anti semitism, uncover truth, jewish, human nature, haunted by the past, murder of family, faith, murder, world war two ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather ...
Style: tragicomedy, touching, sentimental, sincere, clever ...
Plot: culture clash, jewish, journey, collector, on the road, friendship, search, holocaust, anti semitism, human nature, prejudice, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: ukraine, europe, berlin germany, eastern europe, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.0
 28K
Danny Collins (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An ageing rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: rock star, redemption, elderly, musician's life, introspection, starting over, aging, love and romance, artists and showbiz, family relations, estrangement, wooing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1971
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 49K
The Soloist (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: prodigy, street musician, mental illness, cello, musician, homeless, music, life is a bitch, musician's life, misfit, unlikely partners, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Boys on the Side (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After breaking up with her girlfriend, a nightclub singer, Jane, answers a personal ad from Robin, a real estate agent with AIDS, seeking a cross-country travel partner. On their journey from New York City to Los Angeles, the two stop by Pittsburgh ...
Style: road movie, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, aids, friends, pregnancy, terminal illness, on the road, self discovery, couples, gender, feminism, gays and lesbians, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pittsburgh, san diego california, tucson arizona, pakistan, st. louis missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 43K
Saved! (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Teenage Mary Cummings, who has "been Born Again her whole life," is about to enter her senior year at American Eagle Christian High School near Baltimore with her Fundamentalist Christian friends Hilary Faye and Veronica, the three of whom ...
Style: touching, humorous, dark humor, witty, clever ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens, date night
Plot: pregnancy, christianity, high school, friendship, acceptance, hypocrisy, homosexual, teenage love, teenage life, youth, unwanted pregnancy, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: baltimore, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eccentric 70-year-old widow purchases the Windmill Theatre in London as a post-widowhood hobby. After starting an innovative continuous variety review, which is copied by other theaters, they begin to lose money. Mrs Henderson suggests they add ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, realistic, feel good, touching ...
Plot: audition, showbiz, couples, artists and showbiz, couple relations, love and romance, follow your dream, theatre milieu, friendship, art, unwanted pregnancy, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: london, europe, england, flanders, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.2
 40K
The Sessions (2012)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides ...
Style: touching, sincere, compassionate, humorous, sentimental ...
Plot: sexual exploration, male virgin, sexuality, cat, loss of virginity, therapist, priest, misfit, life changing experience, unlikely relationship, proposal, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.0
 1K
Five (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: terminal illness, coping, life is a bitch, women, breast cancer, destiny, doctor, human spirit, unfulfillment, newlyweds, death of mother
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.9
 22K
Calendar Girls (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Members of a Yorkshire branch of the Women's Institute cause controversy when they pose nude for a charity calendar.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, inspirational, based on true events ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: charity, leukemia, hopes, model, human spirit, friendship, women, small town, family drama, calendar, middle aged, elderly ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, northern england, yorkshire, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Michael McCann is thrown over by the woman he loves, he becomes something of a misanthrope and a miser, spending all of his spare money on collectible gold coins. Living in the same town is an affluent family with two sons: John and Tanny. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: custody, adoption, hopes, redemption, family problems, family life, legal, life is a bitch, babies and infants, legal action, parents and children, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.4
 28K
The Way (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When his son dies while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, Tom flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child’s life, he decides to complete the 500-mile mountain trek to ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: road trip, pilgrimage, travel, death of son, redemption, obsessive quest, self discovery, on the road, search, christianity, encounter, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, france, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: homecoming, dysfunctional family, family relations, artists and showbiz, unlikely couple, love and romance, couple relations, family problems, lifestyle, addiction, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, michigan, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%