Movies like America 2009

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America (2009)
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America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, which began when he was taken by authorities from his crack-addicted mother, and placed into foster care as an infant. The short time of stability in his life occurred when America lived with Mrs. Harper, the elderly nanny to one of his foster families. Later reunited with his mother, she soon abandons America and he is again placed into foster care. Lagging behind in school and full of anger, America retreats further away from society after years of sexual abuse. After attempting suicide, America is placed in a treatment center where Dr. Brennan helps him open up about his painful past and discover the support and courage he needs to get his life back on track.
Style: psychological, sincere, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: youth, teenage life, human spirit, custody, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, mental illness, hopes, family problems, society, doctors and patients, healing power, family in crisis, adoption, power relations, teenager, psychiatrist, teenage boy, biracial child
Time: 21st century, contemporary

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about hopes, family relations, family problems, society, youth, life is a bitch and human spirit mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like America: Gimme Shelter (2013), Return to Innocence (2001), Bilal's Stand (2010), Firelight (2012), Taking Back Our Town (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Gimme Shelter (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.
Style: emotional, rough, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: abusive mother, starting over, survival, human spirit, haunted by the past, pregnancy, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, domestic violence, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
Return to Innocence (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Director Rocky Costanzo's searing legal drama centers on a highly credentialed child psychologist named Glen Erskine (Richard Meese) whose life is shattered when he's accused of sexually assaulting a young boy he's been treating. ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: man boy relationship, courtroom, child abuse, false accusation, teenage life, redemption, sexual abuse, custody, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
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63%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
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 Bílal is about to ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, family business, teenage life, follow your dream, society, hopes, family problems, human spirit, parents and children, family life, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, youth, juvenile delinquency, reach out, power relations, human spirit, society, hopes, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Taking Back Our Town (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: cancer, human spirit, heroic mission, environmentalism, fighting the system, obsessive quest, society, terminal illness, hopes, social relations, small town, church ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, youth, human spirit, family problems, hopes, family in crisis, superhero, child illness, dealing with death, coming of age, teenager ...
Place: usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Not Today (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Caden Welles is living life as large as any 20-year-old could dream … until his eyes are opened to a world few Americans know still exists: a thriving human-trafficking trade. Spurred by a true purpose, an unlikely new friendship, and the prayers ...
Style: disturbing, sentimental, suspenseful, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: hopes, kids in trouble, human spirit, life is a bitch, society, obsessive quest, danger, injustice, family problems, prostitute, escapades, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychotherapist helps a law student cope with schizophrenia in one of five interconnected tales dealing with mental illness.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, human spirit, family problems, family relations, strong female presence, hopes, female director, depressed woman, stand up comedian, rape, flashback ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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1 Out of 7 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Runaway teen Lexi find herself alone and pregnant on the streets. Seemingly beyond hope, she must turn to Devon, a woman with her own demons, to help her find a way back from her past mistakes.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, teenage life, homeless, pregnancy, family problems, youth, dysfunctional family, society, love, urban ghetto life, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Abandoned (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: corporal punishment, orphan, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, friendship, teenage life, human spirit, boarding school life, kids in trouble, parents and children, dysfunctional family, custody ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, parents and children, introspection, single parent, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, family problems, social decay, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, psychological, sincere, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: coming out, haunted by the past, teenage life, misfit, life is a bitch, addiction, custody, family problems, social misfits, youth, society, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Life, Above All (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: poverty, human spirit, social misfits, society, hopes, parents and children, estrangement, social relations, family relations, family problems, leaving home, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: custody, custody battle, coming of age, teenage girl, youth, life is a bitch, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family values, single parent, manipulations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: custody, adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, social worker, family life, hopes, family problems, life turned upside down, rivalry, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, human spirit, youth, misfit, high school, love and romance, society, follow your dream, win over, hopes, teenage life, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The plot follows the individual journeys of three ordinary South African men in the build up to their attendance of the 2010 Mighty Men Conference, where their lives are forever changed by God's message for them.
Style: uplifting, emotional, realistic, serious, christian film
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, redemption, hopes, society, family problems, friendship, down on your luck, guru, religions or cults, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Future Weather (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, environmentalism, society, dysfunctional family, teenage life, gain trust, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, bittersweet, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ 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: touching, sincere, uplifting, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: last wish, against the odds, hopes, human spirit, teachers and students, learning to read, underdog, youth, society, life is a bitch, dealing with death, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: custody, parents and children, hopes, starting over, family relations, family problems, family life, mental illness, mother daughter relationship, depressed woman, rock paper scissors, woman in underwear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Zig Zag (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.
Style: sincere, touching, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, rebelliousness, terminal illness, crimes, society, crime, mental illness, family in crisis, parents and children, loan, underdog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Too Young to Be a Dad (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When 15-year-old, Matt Freeman, gets his girlfriend, Francesca, pregnant her family decides to put the unborn baby up for adoption. Matt agrees to the decision, but begins to rethink it. This movie is taken from the father's point of view.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: adoption, teenage pregnancy, life turned upside down, teenage life, human spirit, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, family in crisis, youth, babies and infants, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, family problems, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, working class, drug abuse, teenage life, parents and children, youth, single parent, drugs/alcohol, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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An Unexpected Family (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later Ruth comes back saying she wants her kids and Barbara goes ...
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, guardian, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, youth, betrayal, legal, custody, human spirit, family life, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, teenage life, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, redemption, domestic disturbance, hopes, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, society, youth, sexual abuse, parents and children, small town, teenage life, teenage girl, virginity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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King's Faith (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When eighteen-year-old Brendan King attempts to leave his turbulent gang life behind him, his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family, and future
Style: christian film, realistic, touching, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, redemption, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, human spirit, youth, society, going straight, teenage love, parents and children, suburbs, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, hopes, human spirit, against the odds, parents and children, doctors and patients, child illness, family in crisis, family problems, unlikely partners, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Almost a Woman (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, lifestyle, rise to the top, human spirit, single parent, youth, teenage life, parents and children, family life, family problems, hopes, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, puerto rico, latin america, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%