Movies like Awakenings

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Awakenings (1990)
 7.8
 129K
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, touching, psychological, sincere, serious, sentimental, inspirational, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, coma, hopes, doctors and patients, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor, human spirit, dying, treatment, family reunited, miraculous event, female director, free spirited, bittersweet, unlikely friendships, struggle, misfit, research, new job ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city

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Most similar movies to Awakenings

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, emotional and sincere films with plots about hopes, mentor, redemption, storytelling, life philosophy, honest and human spirit 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), The Miracle Worker (1962). 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
Plot: human spirit, medical school, hospital, doctors and patients, medical profession, friendship, unconventional method, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
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, dramatic, interesting, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, fighting the system, mental institution, freedom, insanity, anti hero, unlikely friendships, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, nurse, doctors and patients, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: sincere, serious, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, prejudice, surgery, university, racism, human spirit, patient, medical, blacks and whites, talented, african american, society ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, 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: philosophical, uplifting, psychological, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, university, professor, philosophy, ambition, existentialism, dedicated educator, human spirit, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, rags to riches, life, against the odds, single parent, life is a bitch, single father, hopes, down on your luck, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, teacher, blind character, human spirit, disability, family relations, tutor, railway station, tantrum, struggle, institution, handicapped ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 5K
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, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, profanity, bittersweet, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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: uplifting, touching, feel good, inspirational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, friends, culture clash, disability, lifestyle change, handicapped, redemption, starting over, human relationship, french ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 34K
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, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, african american, therapy, redemption, graduation, family reunited, u.s. navy, navy, anger, thanksgiving, demotion, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san diego california, cleveland ohio, mexico, new jersey
⇓ 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, contemplative, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, insanity, teacher, prodigy, strong female presence, sexual content, human spirit, wrongfully committed, hopes, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new zealand, london, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 109K
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: touching, inspirational, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, navy, u.s. navy, african american, racism, prejudice, military, racial discrimination, racial segregation, soldier, dream come true, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s
Place: pacific ocean, usa, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 21K
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
Plot: human spirit, terminal illness, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, research, cure, child illness, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, edinburgh scotland, london, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, sincere, heartbreaking, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: aids, human spirit, fighting the system, transsexual, gay slur, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1985, year 1986
Place: texas, usa, japan, dallas texas, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 26K
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: falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, handicapped, coming of age, teenage love, protective parent, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.0
 9K
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, intellectual, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: terminal illness, hospital, nurse, dying, chemotherapy, cancer, hopes, poetry, doctor, regret, fighting illness, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, harsh, surreal ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, disability, human nature, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ 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, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: dissociative identity disorder, split personality, mental illness, racism, dancer, illness, identity crisis, drugs/alcohol, power relations, haunted by the past, doctors and patients, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1950s, year 1957
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, domestic violence, coming of age, stepfather, friendship, child abuse, dysfunctional family, gay teenager, family relations, mechanic, homosexual, stepfather stepson relationship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, united states, seattle washington, washington state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, controversial, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, terminal illness, suicidal, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, starting over, suicide, hopes, doctors and patients, coma, mental patient, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, human spirit, athlete's life, ambition, baseball, hopes, rivalry, underdog, sport team, teammate ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.3
 28K
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, emotional, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: autism, against the odds, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, teacher, mentally challenged, genius ...
Time: 20th century, year 1970, year 1975, 1950s, year 1966 ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, arizona, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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, emotional ...
Plot: college, hospital, against the odds, teenage love, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, family problems, disability, parents and children, survival, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.0
 100K
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: muslim, asperger's syndrome, false accusation, prejudice, islam, journey, autism, mental illness, true love, racism, fall in love, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, mumbai india, san francisco, india
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26%
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 7.2
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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: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, parents and children, disfigurement, addiction, teachers and students, child's point of view, good deed, alcohol abuse, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1898, Cambridge, Massachusetts, depicts Annie Sullivan Macy supporting her student Helen Keller at Radcliffe College.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: disability, youth, mute or deaf, human spirit, against the odds, teachers and students, college, power relations, dedicated educator, misfit, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: optimism, advertising, underdog, americana, prize, eviction, small town, mortgage, family problems, contests and competitions, ambition, large family ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 78K
The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, sad, philosophical ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, dignity, freedom, lawyer, mercy killing, wheelchair, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, euthanasia, choice ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, catalonia, galicia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 3K
Warm Springs (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
Style: uplifting, realistic, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: politics, ambition, rise and fall, society, human spirit, rebellion, fighting the system, life is a bitch, hopes, disability, introspection, president ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa, washington d.c., florida ...
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25%
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, hopes, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, down on your luck, terminal illness, human nature, life is a bitch, betrayal, single parent, hustler ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s
Place: california, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.6
 299K
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: touching, uplifting, inspirational, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, interracial relations, american football, life, fish out of water, rising to stardom, misfit, family drama, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%