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20 best movies like The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

List of the best movies like The Pursuit of Happyness (2006): The Express, Secretariat, The Blind Side, Moneyball, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, The Awakening, The Babe, The Hammer, Joy.

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Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:10
PlotOn real events, American Football, Success, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, Rugby, USA, New York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Serious

Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, family, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersAnimals, Horses, Housewives
PlotOn real events, Sports, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, To cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious

Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

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: 7.6
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:06
CharactersTrainers, Managers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Money, Friendship, Baseball
PlaceUSA
StyleInspirational, By books, Fascinating, Smart, Makes me think

The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

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: 6.4
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotOn real events, Music, Music group
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious

In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be the widow of long-dead doo-wop singer-songwriter Frankie Lyman, and each wants years of royalties due to his estate, money Levy has never shared. During an ensuing civil trial, flashbacks tell the story of each one's life with Lyman, a boyish, high-pitched, dynamic performer, lost to heroin. Slowly, the three wives establish their own 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: 5.9
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersAlcoholics, Orphans
PlotOn real events, Baseball, Rivalry
PlaceUSA, New York, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

A chronicle of Babe Ruth's phenomenal story--from his hard knock beginnings at a Baltimore orphanage, to his meteoric rise to baseball superstardom and his poignant retirement from the game. His amazing career included seven American League pennants, four World Series championships, two tempestuous marriages and a wild lifestyle that earned him numerous suspensions.

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: 6.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersStrong women, Blonde girls, Family, Inventors, Fathers
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Friendship, Loneliness, Death
PlaceParty, USA, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Smart, Serious

A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryKenya, India, USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration01:50
CharactersFriends, Losers, Refugees
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Friendship, Self-sacrifice
PlaceAfrica, USA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Heavy, Touching

A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.

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: 6.3
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: 6.7
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersLesbians, Sisters, Poor
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceTrains, Hotels, USA
StyleGloomy, Serious

The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

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: 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: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:19
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Friendship
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Heartbreaking, Serious

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
PlotMusic, Female friendship
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Cute, Inspirational, Soulful, Fascinating

Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
PlotOn real events, Rivalry
PlaceSchool, New York
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersDisabled people, Losers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Soccer, American Football, Friendship
PlaceRugby, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

High school football coach, Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community.

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: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
PlotOn real events, Boxing, Rivalry
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleAction, By books, Heavy, Serious

The story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersMusicians, Artists, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Death, Success, Hip Hop
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Serious

NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Follow his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectations - redefining our notion of "The American Dream."

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryUSA, France, Japan, Italy
Duration02:24
CharactersGeniuses, Actors, Comedians, Stars
PlotOn real events, Depression, Political, Success
StyleLight, To cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious

An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, while is depicted his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersHackers, Programmers, Geniuses, Scientists, Students
PlotLove, On real events, Money, Social Media, Success
PlaceCourt, College, Party, USA, California
StyleSmart, Makes me think, Intellectual

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among friends soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountrySweden
Duration01:51
CharactersSingle mothers
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceUSA, Sweden, New York
StyleFascinating, Serious

"Monica Z" is a biopic about the Swedish singer and actress Monica Zetterlund focusing on her journey from a job as a telephone operator in a small town in Sweden to stardom in the clubs of New York and Stockholm.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, family
CountryUSA
PlotOn real events
PlaceHospitals, USA
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.

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
Genrethriller, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:28
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Obsession, Fear
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersTeachers, Geniuses, Autistic, Scientists, Disabled people
PlotOn real events
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.





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