Movies like Akeelah and the Bee

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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
 7.4
 17K
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, serious, feel good, inspirational, sweet, earnest ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, african american, self esteem, rivalry, human spirit, hopes, human nature, family relations, teachers and students, contests and competitions, prodigy, self discovery, elementary school, single parent, dedicated educator, loss of daughter, spelling, unlikely friendships, culture clash, prejudice, underdog, coming of age, teenage life, youth, belief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california

Most similar movies to Akeelah and the Bee

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and uplifting films with plots about hopes, youth, family relations, family, friendship, human spirit and parents and children mostly in Drama, Family and Sport genres. Some movies like Akeelah and the Bee: The Karate Kid (2010), October Sky (1999), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Gifted (2017), Dolphin Tale (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.2
 144K
The Karate Kid (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, China
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, uplifting, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, human spirit, underdog, friendship, sport, teaching the ways of the world, teachers and students, mentor, intergenerational friendship, perseverance, audition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: china, asia, beijing china, detroit, michigan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the horse (in fact is a mare)and save it of being sacrificed by the owner.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, inspirational, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: horse, sport, redemption, hopes, parents and children, dream come true, human spirit, against the odds, family relations, horse race, contests and competitions, one more chance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 74K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: exciting, realistic, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, generation gap, against the odds, small town, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Style: touching, uplifting, inspirational, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prodigy, chess, child prodigy, contests and competitions, genius, parents and children, supportive parent, human spirit, mentor, tournament, competition, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 82K
Gifted (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Style: inspirational, touching, sweet, realistic, light ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child prodigy, school, mathematics, friendship, uncle niece relationship, genius, childhood, cat, teacher, prize, redemption, custody battle ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 6.9
 20K
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, young heroes, hopes, human spirit, animal life, trap, boy, summer, destiny, mother son relationship, heroes, fish ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.6
 3K
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, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, dog, coming of age, against the odds, racism, school, great depression, parents and children, down on your luck, life is a bitch, hopes, rich and poor ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, family relations, dedicated educator, overcoming, follow your dream, hopes, family, overbearing parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 670
Virginia's Run (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A teenage girl, trying to come to grips with the death of her mother in a horse-riding accident, nurtures the foal of her mother's horse.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: underdog, rivalry, dealing with death, parents and children, follow your dream, mischievous children, athlete and trainer, hopes, love and romance, teaching the ways of the world, contests and competitions, cinderella story ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: realistic, uplifting, serious, touching
Plot: youth, power relations, urban ghetto, idealism, juvenile delinquency, misfit, against the odds, urban, society, high school life, lifestyle, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Louder Than Words (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.
Style: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: hospital, against the odds, life is a bitch, couple relations, dealing with death, parents and children, hopes, child illness, family in crisis, couples, human spirit, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 107K
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 ⇓
36%
 5.4
 6K
Jump In! (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Story revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels, who trains to follow in his father's footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary, however, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, the young man ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens, family outing
Plot: friendship, urban ghetto life, sport, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, family, parents and children, ambition, high school life, against the odds, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Derby Stallion (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An alcoholic former horse-trainer perceives in a fifteen-year-old boy a unique gift of horsemanship and makes it possible for the boy to conceive his dream and pursue it.
Style: serious, feel good, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, misfit, self discovery, friendship, teenage love, ambition, high school, parents and children, adventure, social misfits, family, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.8
 345
Angel Dog (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This heart warming film is about a dog named Cooper who is the lone survivor of a terrible car accident. Jake, a family patriarch, loses his wife and children in the accident. Not being a dog person, Jake is angry and resentful toward the dog for ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: pets, haunted by the past, redemption, friends, friendship, dealing with death, family, hopes, starting over, human spirit, cat, dog movie ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 189
Charlie & Me (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When her beloved grandfather Charlie suddenly falls ill, twelve year-old Casey finds herself making some life or death decisions - and learning to live with the consequences.
Style: uplifting, touching, feel good, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: hopes, single parent, self discovery, chess, family relations, friends, death in the family, child as adult, hospital, elderly, golden years, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 30K
The Rookie (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, athlete and trainer, family, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, ambition, dream come true, parents and children, one more chance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 251
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, friends, family relations, opposites attract, immigrants, youth, coming of age, human nature, family life, friendship, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 6K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, sport, racism, underdog, dedicated educator, interracial relations, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, hopes, power relations, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Reading Room (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower (Jones) opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.
Style: feel good, touching, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: city life, life is a bitch, hopes, dealing with death, human spirit, last wish, family relations, power relations, teachers and students, underdog, youth, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 209
Amy (1981)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A woman leaves her husband after the death of her child to teach deaf children how to speak. Her own child was deaf and although she has no formal training she successfully teaches one boy.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, youth, downfall, countryside, hopes, dedicated educator, teachers and students, mute or deaf, disability, power relations, family relations, misfit ...
Time: 1900s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Christmas Bunny (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The Christmas Bunny tells the story of a lonely foster child (Sophie Bolen) who finds a lost, injured rabbit in the woods on Christmas Eve. The rabbit is nursed back to health by The Bunny Lady (Florence Henderson), who runs a rabbit rescue in an ...
Style: uplifting, serious, sentimental, gloomy, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: youth, coming of age, friendship, family problems, pets, family life, nursing, family relations, friends, wounded animal, orphan, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.
Style: realistic, semi serious, serious, humorous, uplifting ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: danger, race against time, chases and races, escapades, hopes, family, rescue, human spirit, animal life, youth, theme park, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
A Painted House (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: small town life, countryside, coming of age, social relations, family relations, hopes, self discovery, youth, small town, society, lifestyle, farm ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: school, power relations, family relations, social relations, fighting the system, human spirit, dedication, teachers and students, hopes, parents and children, changing lives, idealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 156K
The Karate Kid (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Hassled by the school bullies, Daniel LaRusso has his share of adolescent woes. Luckily, his apartment building houses a resident martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi, who agrees to train Daniel ... and ends up teaching him much more than ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, coming of age, underdog, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, karate, teenage life, halloween, rivalry, motorcycle, cheerleader ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Beyond the Blackboard (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story, “Beyond the Blackboard” is about a 24-year-old first-time teacher who makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter’s makeshift classroom. Set in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ...
Style: uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: homeless, teacher, society, idealism, dedication, youth, dedicated educator, hopes, teachers and students, changing lives, power relations, reach out ...
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
An American Girl Adventure (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Pre-American Revolution Virginian girl whose love for the outdoors leads to the friendship of a lifetime. Felicity loves horses, and though her parents plead with her to remain indoors, she years to ride the open plains. When Felicity comes into ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, feel good
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, rescue, hopes, best friends, family life, animal life, young heroes, parents and children, coming of age, horse riding, compassion, female protagonist ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: virginia, usa, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Born to Fight (2011)
Genre: Action, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Steve Austin is Dan Barnes, a former heavyweight boxer who hangs up his gloves to escape his violent lifestyle. Dans life is quickly turned upside down when the resident boxing champion makes his presence felt by dominating all opponents who stand ...
Style: sincere, serious, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: teachers and students, human spirit, underdog, school, friendship, rivalry, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, boxing, high school, janitor, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 525
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: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: single parent, youth, friendship, family relations, friends, hopes, dealing with death, parents and children, family, young heroes, death in the family, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%