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20 best movies like Stand and Deliver (1988)

List of the best movies like Stand and Deliver (1988): McFarland, USA, This Boy’s Life, The First Grader, The Miracle Worker, The Last of Robin Hood, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, La Bamba, Breakthrough, Lean On Me, My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown.

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Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:50
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Family, Trainers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Friendship
PlaceSchool, USA, Small cities
StyleExciting, To cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotOn real events, Friendship
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Touching

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 the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Kenya, France
CharactersTeachers, Students
PlotOn real events
PlaceVillage, School, Africa
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersTeachers, Disabled people, Losers, Blind
PlotOn real events
Time19th century
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

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 teacher from Boston, arrives. Having just recently regained her own sight, the no-nonsense Annie reaches out to Helen through the power of touch, the only tool they have in common, and leads her bold pupil on a miraculous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Womanizers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Passion, Money
PlaceAircraft, Party, USA, New York, Los Angeles
StyleGloomy, Touching, Serious

Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl's fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother - which only fed Florence's need to stay in the spotlight.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Losers, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system. As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile environment. His room is completely hermetically sealed against bacteria and virus, his food is specially prepared, and his only human contact comes in the form of gloved hands. The movie follows his life into a teenager.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersTeens, Cinderella, Musicians
PlotOn real events, Music, Death
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersFirefighters, Lifeguards, Parents
PlotOn real events, Basketball, Death, Cold
PlaceHospitals, Lake, USA
TimeWinter
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching

Tragedy strikes when a woman named Joyce's son falls through the ice on a frozen lake and is trapped underwater for over 15 minutes. After being rushed to the hospital, the 14-year-old boy continues to fight for his life as Joyce, her husband and their pastor stay by his bedside and pray for a miracle.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Heavy, Serious

When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks doors and demands effort and results from students, staff and parents. Autocratic to a fault, this real-life educator put it all on the lin

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom
Duration01:43
CharactersArtists, Writers, Disabled people, Losers, Poets
PlotOn real events
PlaceIreland
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think

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 retarded for the first ten years of his life.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography
CountryNew Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, USA
CharactersTeachers, Writers, Losers
PlotOn real events, Mental disorders
PlaceSchool, Psychiatric hospitals
StyleSoulful, By books, Touching, Serious

Based on the autobiographical work of New Zealand writer Janet Frame, this production depicts the author at various stage of her life. Afflicted with mental and emotional issues, Frame grows up in an impoverished family and experiences numerous tragedies while still in her youth, including the deaths of two of her siblings. Portrayed as an adult by Kerry Fox, Frame finds acclaim for her writing while still in a mental institution, and her success helps her move on with her life.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantasy, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
PlotOn real events, Music, Depression, Rehabilitation
PlaceUSA
TimeHalloween
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

The story follows 19-year-old Renee who has always loved fairy tales: the idea of a princess, a hero and a happily ever after. But Renee’s life is that of a darker tale: she’s a young woman battling addiction, depression and self-injury. In a creative blend of artistic fantasy balanced with harsh reality, the movie follows Renee on her courageous journey towards recovery.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Chess, Uprising, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the streets and working towards lives they never believed they were capable of. This is his inspirational story.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersTeens, Street children
PlotOn real events
PlaceNew York
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Political
StyleAction, To cry, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

Zamperini returns to California where he wound up marrying Cynthia Applewhite while wrestling with untreated PTSD, suffering constant nightmares, angry, bitter and deeply depressed, his wife convinces Zamperini to attend the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia
Duration01:45
CharactersOrphans
PlotOn real events, Uprising
PlaceEngland
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, By books, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Life, Family life, Rivalry
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

This is the story of a teenager named Gracie Bowen, who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, is crazy about soccer, as are her three brothers and former soccer star father. Although Gracie wants to join her brothers and father in the nightly practices, she is discouraged by everyone except her elder brother, Johnny. Her father does not believe that girls should play soccer and tells her that she is neither tough enough nor talented enough to play with the boys team. Undeterred, Gracie finds reserves of strength she never knew existed, and persists in changing everyone's beliefs in what she is capable of, including her own. She faces an uphill battle when she fights to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer. But as the beautiful and strong person that she has always been but she also brings her family together in the face of their own tragedy.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotDeath, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

A teenager overcomes odds to run a 4-minute mile race.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:21
CharactersTeachers, Alcoholics
PlotDepression, Rehabilitation
PlaceSchool, USA
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, To cry, Soulful, Gloomy

Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to give. But change isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryItaly
Duration01:54
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool, Italy
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Serious

The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent opposition from his brutal father.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, short
CountryUSA
Duration00:19
CharactersGay, Losers
PlotOn real events, Adoption, Rivalry
PlaceCalifornia, New York, Los Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Touching

At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Republic of Ireland
Duration02:14
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Poor
PlotOn real events
PlaceIreland, New York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens, Thieves, Gardeners
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:36
CharactersNuns, Priests
PlotOn real events, Meaning of life
PlaceVillage, Caves, France
Time19th century
StyleTo cry, Soulful, By books, Fascinating, Makes me think

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship
PlaceCollege
StyleTo cry, By books, Touching, Serious

Mitch became caught up with his career as a sport commentator and journalist. He ignored his girlfriend and did not make time to do things in life that are of the most value to a human being. Morrie was one of Mitch's professors in college and a famous scholar. One day Mitch was watching television and saw Morrie giving an interview stating that he is dying of Lou Gehrig disease or ALS.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:30
CharactersTeachers
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool, USA, New York
StyleSerious

Matthew Perry is real-life inspiration Ron Clark, a passionate and innovative teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in one of Harlem's toughest schools. But to break through to this students, Clark must use unconventional methods, including his ground-breaking classroom rules, to drive them toward their potential.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military
CountryIsrael, Germany, France
CharactersTerrorists, Lawyers, Soldier, Widows
PlotOn real events, Loneliness, Political
PlaceVillage, Russia, Israel
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think

Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank's occupied territory. The Israeli defence minister and his wife move next door, forcing the Secret Service to order the trees' removal for security. The stoic Salma seeks assistance from the Palestinian Authority, Israeli army, and a young attorney, Ziad Daud, who takes the case. In this allegory, does David stand a chance against Goliath?

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:06
CharactersTeachers, Students, Lawyers, Trainers, Presidential
PlotOn real events
PlaceCollege, Texas
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Japan, USA
Duration02:03
CharactersGeniuses, Scientists, Disabled people, Terminally ill
PlotLove, On real events, Overcoming difficulties
PlaceEngland
StyleSoulful, By books, Touching, Serious

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.

Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersDogs, Teens, Teachers, Students, Punks
PlotBasketball, Money
PlaceSchool, Ghetto, Party, Los Angeles
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Serious

Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where they attract local rich girls - and plenty of trouble with the police, jealous boyfriends, and nervous parents.





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