Movies like Awakenings

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Awakenings (1990)
 7.8
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Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, proves a rebirth for Sayer too, as the exuberant patient reveals life's simple but unutterably sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor.
Style: uplifting, motivational, sincere, touching, inspirational, sentimental, psychological, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, hopes, coma, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor, human spirit, dying, treatment, family reunited, miraculous event, experimental drug, free spirited, bittersweet, unlikely friendships, misfit, research, new job, determination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city, new york

Most similar movies to Awakenings

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, sincere and serious films with plots about redemption, hopes, storytelling, mentor, destiny, honest and transformation mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Awakenings: Patch Adams (1998), Something the Lord Made (2004), Good Will Hunting (1997), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Dallas Buyers Club (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: inspirational, touching, uplifting, tragicomedy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: human spirit, medical school, medical profession, hospital, doctors and patients, friendship, compassion, clinic, unconventional method, doctor, hopes, nursing ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
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100%
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, tragicomedy, thought provoking, dramatic, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, insanity, unlikely friendships, nurse, mental illness, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, doctors and patients, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: uplifting, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: interracial relations, prejudice, human spirit, surgery, racism, university, patient, medical, laboratory, talented, blacks and whites, african american ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, nashville tennessee, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, psychological, philosophical, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mathematics, prodigy, genius, life philosophy, professor, philosophy, university, ambition, human spirit, existentialism, dedicated educator, life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, life, rags to riches, life philosophy, hopes, salesman, success, life is a bitch, against the odds, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, sincere, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, aids, fighting the system, transsexual, life is a bitch, gay slur, casual sex, terminal illness, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, dying ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, china, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: psychological, touching, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: psychiatrist, african american, family reunited, child abuse, therapy, redemption, graduation, u.s. navy, thanksgiving, demotion, anger, first love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san diego california, cleveland ohio, mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: mute or deaf, teacher, blind character, human spirit, disability, family relations, tutor, tantrum, handicapped, social misfits, dedicated educator, communication problem ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, intern, family relations, power relations, couples, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: feel good, uplifting, touching, inspirational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, unlikely friendships, french, disability, lifestyle change, caregiver, starting over, friends, culture clash, friendship between men, handicapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Giuseppe Moscati, Doctor saint of Naples, was a doctor of the early twentieth century, from an aristocratic family devoted his career to serving the poor. The film focuses on the human side, partially leaving aside the spiritual part.
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, inspirational, sentimental ...
Plot: belief in god, life & death, redemption, hopes, hospital, doctor, life philosophy, unconventional method, compassion, doctors and patients, doctor patient relationship, meaning of life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Flash of Genius (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly ...
Style: thought provoking, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: lawsuit, inventor, underdog, nervous breakdown, business, inventions and discoveries, powerful corporation, legal action, rivalry, hopes, fighting the system, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
An Angel at My Table (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Janet Frame grows up in a poor family. She is different than the other kids. She is considered abnormal and locked away in a mental institution for eight years. Everything changes when she starts writing books.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: mental institution, insanity, teacher, prodigy, treatment, torment, coping, misdiagnosed, social awkwardness, wrongfully committed, human spirit, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new zealand, london, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 117K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: inspirational, touching, motivational, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, racism, navy, u.s. navy, african american, military, prejudice, racial segregation, racial discrimination, soldier, against the odds, dream come true ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s
Place: usa, pacific ocean, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
 7.9
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My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, biting, thought provoking ...
Plot: handicapped, disability, cerebral palsy, paralysis, irish, poet, working class, artist, human spirit, painting, family relations, writer's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 22K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: human spirit, terminal illness, against the odds, child illness, hopes, life is a bitch, research, family relations, cure, boy, parents and children, treatment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983, year 1986, year 1984
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, italy, boston, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 29K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: fall in love, human spirit, handicapped, disability, coming of age, teenage love, single parent, love and romance, protective parent, family relations, parents and children, dignity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: mental illness, suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, psychiatric ward, borderline personality disorder, coming of age, friendship, mentally unstable, self harm, mental institution, patient ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 8.0
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Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: sincere, uplifting, road movie, touching, captivating ...
Plot: autism, road trip, mentally challenged, redemption, runaway, brother brother relationship, family relations, siblings relations, greed, yuppie, self discovery, disability ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, missouri, texas, usa ...
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100%
The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, surreal, harsh ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, melancholy, disability, human nature, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Wit (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, sincere, intellectual, touching ...
Plot: nurse, terminal illness, cancer, hospital, dying, chemotherapy, hopes, poetry, doctor, regret, life is a bitch, fighting illness ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.2
 30K
Temple Grandin (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.
Style: touching, sincere, inspirational, emotional, compassionate ...
Plot: autism, human spirit, against the odds, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, mentally challenged, panic attack, slaughterhouse, teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1951, 70s, 60s ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, harvard university, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Frankie & Alice (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: split personality, dissociative identity disorder, mental illness, racism, dancer, illness, power relations, identity crisis, doctors and patients, haunted by the past, misfit, black woman ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1957, 50s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.6
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The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: inspirational, touching, uplifting, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, human spirit, american football, life, strong female character, interracial relations, parents and children, fish out of water, rising to stardom, misfit, athlete's life, football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.0
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Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, touching, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: human spirit, sport, boxing, underdog, great depression, athlete's life, boxer, comeback, financial problem, poverty, prizefighter, training ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 136K
Joy (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.
Style: inspirational, stylized, witty, serious, realistic ...
Plot: businesswoman, business, career woman, entrepreneur, inventor, family relations, strong female lead, ambition, inventions and discoveries, parents and children, divorce, single parent ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new york state, california, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, saga ...
Plot: college, hospital, against the odds, ambition, lifestyle, human spirit, teenage love, single parent, survival, tragic hero, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, baseball, sport team, hopes, underdog, rivalry, professional sports ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, rough ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, single parent, domestic violence, coming of age, friendship, dysfunctional family, abusive stepfather, mechanic, family relations, homosexual, stepfather, gay teenager ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, salt lake city utah, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 119K
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: motivational, uplifting, touching, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, parents and children, disfigurement, life philosophy, teachers and students, addiction, single mother, good deed, alcohol abuse, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%