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
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, feel good, serious, uplifting, inspirational, sweet, earnest ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, spelling, rivalry, african american, loss of daughter, self esteem, dedicated educator, underdog, urban, contests and competitions, black people, elementary school, human spirit, parents and children, coming of age, teachers and students, against the odds, mentor, hopes, society, youth, family relations, power relations, prodigy, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about youth, hopes, family relations, society, parents and children, power relations and coming of age mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Akeelah and the Bee: The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Knights of the South Bronx (2005), The Derby Stallion (2005), Front of the Class (2008), The Reading Room (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
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Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
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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: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: feel good, serious, realistic, touching
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Plot: coming of age, self discovery, friendship, misfit, high school, follow your dream, adventure, family, human spirit, ambition, hopes, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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
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Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, school, family relations, dedicated educator, follow your dream, family, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, feel good ...
Plot: urban, teachers and students, hopes, society, underdog, dealing with death, human spirit, against the odds, city life, life is a bitch, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, idealism, parents and children, urban, hopes, society, family relations, teachers and students, rebellion, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like BĂ­lal is about to ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Finding Forrester (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Gus van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, friendship, prodigy, prejudice, private school, plagiarism, basketball, writer's life, high school, literature, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
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Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 1K
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 17K
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Genre: Drama
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Audience: family outing, kids
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 5.3
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 967
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 3K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.7
 488
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Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: USA
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 467
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Peter Coyote (E.T., Erin Brokovich) and Karen Allen (The Perfect Storm) star in this touching family drama about the unifying power of basketball in a community torn apart by war. Both a riveting sports film and a tale of triumph over adversity, The ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, feel good
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 518
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere
Plot: redemption, hopes, youth, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, society, power relations, reach out
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Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
 3K
Two Bits (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 2K
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Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%