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20 best movies like The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)

List of the best movies like The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976): The Theory of Everything, The Blind Side, This Boy’s Life, The Myth of the American Sleepover, Here on Earth, The Mighty, Edges of the Lord, The First Grader, Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, The Miracle Worker.

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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: 7.6
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersTeens, Strong women, Orphans, Losers, Poor
PlotOn real events, Sports, American Football, Life, Success
PlaceGhetto, Rugby
StyleKind, To cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Vital signs

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.

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: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotFriendship
TimeSummer
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Terminally ill
PlotLove triangle
PlaceSmall cities
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Three lives of three young people intersect over the course of one summer. A rich student and a young working-class man accidentally destroy a diner when their impromptu road race takes a disastrous turn. Ordered by a judge to spend the summer repairing the building, they find themselves becoming rivals for the affections of the owner's daughter.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersTeens, Knights, Heroes, Disabled people, Friends
PlotFriendship, Loneliness
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship. Kevin, an intelligent guy helps out Maxwell to improve his reading skills. In return, Kevin wants Maxwell to take him out places since he is not allowed out unauthorized. Being the social outcasts of the town, Kevin and Maxwell come to realize that they are similar to each other and accept that they are "freaks" and nothing will stop them.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, military
CountryUSA, Poland
Duration01:35
CharactersJews, Losers
PlotSurvival
PlaceVillage, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, To cry, Touching, Serious

A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.

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: 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: 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: 6.4
Genrefantasy, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Heroes, Jews, Losers
PlotWar, Survival, Time travel
PlaceConcentration camp, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Serious

Hannah Stern, an American-born Jewish adolescent, is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives; however, Hannah begins to revaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death camp in 1941. There, she meets a young girl named Rivkah, a fellow captive in the camp. As Rivkah and Hannah struggle to survive in the face of daily atrocities, they form an unbreakable bond.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:01
CharactersScientists, Losers
PlotOn real events, Mental disorders, Experiments
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Hospitals, USA
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Atmospheric

A high school student falls asleep while sitting in class. When he wakes up, all time is frozen, except for him.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryBelgium, Italy
CharactersMusicians
PlotOn real events, First love
PlaceItaly
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of Rocco Granata, an Italian coal miner's son who followed his passion for music against his father's wishes and social barriers.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersDisabled people, Losers, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Depression
PlaceUSA, California
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersTeens, Losers, Chickens
PlotObsession
StyleGloomy, Touching, Serious

Duncan Mudge, mid-teens, lives apart from his rural world populated by his distant father and rough local kids. His main companionship is a chicken left after his mother's death until the neighbor's son befriends him.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool, Los Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Makes me think

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 algebra and calculus students.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersDoctors, Friends, Terminally ill, Nurses
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Cancer
PlaceHospitals
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching

Patch Adams is a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humour is the best medicine and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh—even if it means risking his own career.

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: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTeens, Single mothers
PlaceDeserts, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in her extravagant fantasies while Trudi is so rebelious it could drive her away.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Terminally ill
PlotLove, Death, Depression, Cancer
StyleTo cry, Touching, Heartbreaking, Serious, Sad ones

A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersPoor
PlotFamily life
PlaceSchool, USA, New York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, By books, Touching, Serious

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie's desire to transfer to a better school...if irresponsible Papa can get his act together.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Losers, Street children
PlotOn real events, Survival
PlaceUSA
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:11
CharactersWriters, Terminally ill, Poets
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceCollege, England
StyleTo cry, Cute, Soulful, Touching, Heartbreaking

C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, family, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersWriters
PlotFamily life
PlaceUSSR, USA, New York
Time19th century
StyleRomantic, To cry, By books, Touching, Serious

Little Women is a coming-of-age drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by their beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersLosers
PlotOn real events, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, USA
TimeGraduation
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryIsrael, Germany, France
CharactersTeens, Friends, Losers, Terminally ill
PlotLove, Friendship
PlaceIsrael, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

A young Arab is caught between cultures as he is sent to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Israel in the 1980s.

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: 6.1
Genredrama, sport
CountryGermany, USA
Duration01:44
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Swimming, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are against them as they battle rigid rules, racism and more.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, family, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersGods, Firefighters, Family, Priests, Parents
PlotOn real events, Supernatural, Religious, Life after death, Meaning of life
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, By books, Touching, Serious

Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Four-year-old Colton shares the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth... things he couldn't possibly know.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryNetherlands
Duration02:10
PlotOn real events
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, By books, Fascinating

Waldemar Nods, a young man from Suriname, meets the older Dutch woman Rika van der Lans and they fall in love. In pre-WWII Netherlands they could not be more different. The one black, the other white, 17 years between them and on top of that Rika already has four children with another man. They love each other, but then Rika appears to be pregnant...





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