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The Blind Side (2009)
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The Blind Side (2009)

Based on the true story of 'Leigh Anne Tuohy' (qv) and 'Sean Tuohy' (qv) who take in a homeless teenage African-American, 'Michael Oher' (qv). Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. Michael has had little formal education and few skills to help him learn. Leigh Anne s…oon takes charge however, as is her nature, ensuring that the young man has every opportunity to succeed. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help him, including giving the coach a few ideas on how best to use Michael's skills. They not only provide him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help him improve his grades to the point where he would qualify for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. 'Michael Oher' (qv) was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft. (Read More)

Subgenre:
football movie fish out of water 
Themes:
near death experience prejudice adoption abuse drug use poverty racism investigation 
Locations:
christianity school singing in a car truck kitchen 
Characters:
teacher student relationship christianity christian female protagonist teenage boy brother sister relationship african american father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
interracial adoption southern woman national association for the advancement of colored people adoptive mother adopted son relationship football scholarship ends with real life footage college recruitment magical negro stereotype baltimore ravens drug addicted mother biracial family audio flashback protective mother gentle giant white savior β€¦the projects adoptive family killed on birthday rapping in a car parental neglect adoptive parent football star oral exam cheerleading squad fatherless child motherly love 40 oz adopted brother societal hypocrisy english class homeless teenager football practice ncaa adoptee football fan pep talk football stadium recruiting based on fact high school athlete high school football motivational ends with biographical notes non violence football coach football game high school graduation starts with narration saying grace memphis tennessee crack cocaine title same as book football team private school bmw surrogate mother essay coincidence adopted son illiteracy tutor democrat high school teacher running away narrated by character southerner southern accent newspaper clipping thanksgiving gunfire family dinner archival footage obesity interracial friendship redneck strong female lead compassion american football race relations what happened to epilogue strong female character black american character repeating someone else's dialogue drug addict training drug dealer woman prayer car crash sunglasses based on book based on true story three word title title spoken by character f rated gun flashback interview  (See All)

Radio (2003)
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Radio (2003)

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.

Subgenre:
football movie 
Themes:
prejudice 
Characters:
african american father daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
ends with real life footage high school football football coach high school graduation football team illiteracy interracial friendship compassion american football race relations based on true story title spoken by character 

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We Are Marshall (2006)
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We Are Marshall (2006)

In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college …president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancee of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971? (Read More)

Subgenre:
football movie 
Story:
ncaa pep talk football stadium recruiting football coach football game football team archival footage interracial friendship american football what happened to epilogue based on true story three word title title spoken by character 

Remember The Titans (2000)
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Remember The Titans (2000)

Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations. One Black and one White high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the Black school i…s made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other. (Read More)

Themes:
prejudice racism 
Characters:
african american 
Story:
football practice high school football ends with biographical notes football coach football team american football race relations strong female character training car crash based on true story title spoken by character 

Friday Night Lights (2004) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Friday Night Lights (2004)

Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles,… but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that "Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down", is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:
poverty racism 
Characters:
african american mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
college recruitment football practice high school football football coach football team american football what happened to epilogue based on book based on true story 

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The Fighter (2010)
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The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.

Themes:
drug use 
Locations:
singing in a car 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
ends with real life footage crack cocaine what happened to epilogue character repeating someone else's dialogue drug addict training based on true story interview 

Varsity Blues (1999)
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Varsity Blues (1999)

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his Wes…t Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. (Read More)

Subgenre:
football movie 
Themes:
prejudice 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
christian teenage boy african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
football practice football stadium high school athlete high school football football coach american football prayer 

The Color Purple (1985)
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The Color Purple (1985)

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Themes:
adoption abuse poverty racism 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
female protagonist african american father daughter relationship father son relationship 
Story:
illiteracy race relations black american woman prayer three word title title spoken by character 

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Concussion (2015) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Concussion (2015)

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to b…e known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
football movie 
Themes:
investigation 
Characters:
husband wife relationship 
Story:
football fan ends with biographical notes football coach football game saying grace american football drug addict based on true story title spoken by character 

Easy A (2010)
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Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:
adoption 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
teacher student relationship christianity christian female protagonist teenage boy brother sister relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
interracial adoption adoptive mother adopted son relationship english class adopted son southern accent prayer sunglasses 

Glory Road (2006)
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Glory Road (2006)

In 1965, the coach of the high school girl basketball team Don Haskins is invited by the Texas Western Miners to be their coach. Despite the lack of budget, Haskins sees the chance to dispute the NCAA and moves with his wife and children to the college dormitory. He recruits seven talented and rejec…ted black players to play with five Caucasian players and formed a legendary team that won the 1966 national championship against the powerful Kentucky. (Read More)

Themes:
racism 
Characters:
teenage boy husband wife relationship 
Story:
college recruitment ncaa pep talk ends with biographical notes race relations what happened to epilogue based on true story 

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The Family Stone (2005)
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The Family Stone (2005)

The Stone family unites in common cause when their favorite son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the Christmas holiday, with plans of proposing. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications.

Themes:
adoption 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
female protagonist brother sister relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
interracial adoption adopted son woman car crash three word title f rated 

Brick (2005) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Brick (2005)

The lonely teenager Brendan finds his former girlfriend Emily dead in the entrance of a tunnel of sewage and recalls her phone call two days ago, when she said to him that she was in trouble. Brendan, who still loved Emily, met bad elements of his high-school trying to contact her, and when he succe…eded, she told him that she was OK. He hides her body in the tunnel and decides to investigate the meaning and connection of four words, including "brick" and "pin", that Emily told him to find who killed her. Using the support of his nerd friend Brain, he successively meets the small time drug dealers Kara, Dode, Brad Bramish, Laura and Tugger, to reach the teenager powerful drug dealer The Pin. Slowly, Brendan unravels the motives why Emily was killed and plots a revenge. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use 
Characters:
teenage boy african american mother son relationship 
Story:
audio flashback high school athlete high school football american football black american drug addict drug dealer sunglasses title spoken by character flashback gun 

Conviction (2010)
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Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:
investigation 
Characters:
female protagonist brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
audio flashback running away strong female lead strong female character woman prayer sunglasses gun flashback 

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The Ice Storm (1997)
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The Ice Storm (1997)

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays,… escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... (Read More)

Themes:
drug use 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
teenage boy brother sister relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
parental neglect saying grace private school thanksgiving american football prayer three word title title spoken by character 

The Wave (2008)
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The Wave (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more i…nvested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:
prejudice drug use 
Locations:
singing in a car 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage boy brother sister relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
essay high school teacher training drug dealer based on true story gun 

Hanna (2011) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Hanna (2011)

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the skills of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all g…eared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Locations:
singing in a car 
Characters:
female protagonist mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
strong female lead strong female character character repeating someone else's dialogue training woman car crash title spoken by character f rated flashback 

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Four Brothers (2005)
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Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are …trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. (Read More)

Themes:
adoption investigation 
Characters:
mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
interracial adoption saying grace adopted son thanksgiving woman prayer car crash 

Saved! (2004)
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Saved! (2004)

Mary is a senior at American Eagle Christian High School in suburban Baltimore. She considers herself born again, despite the fact that her rebirth was at age three. Her best girlfriends are two classmates that comprise the Christian Jewels band with her. Hilary Faye is the alpha Christian, who outw…ardly is perfect, especially in her connection to God. And Veronica is ethnic Vietnamese who was adopted and thus saved by a black Christian couple. A third is Tia, who is generally an outsider in her geek status but who aspires to be in this Christian clique. Also within their social circle solely out of necessity is Hilary Faye's older brother Roland, who has been in a wheelchair since age nine after falling out of a tree, and who, out of family obligation Hilary Faye transports everywhere including to/from school. Beyond that transportation, Roland and Hilary Faye generally have disdain for each other. One of Hilary Faye's God driven missions for the year is to save Cassandra, a Jewish girl new to the school, she who was expelled from her last school and is only attending a faith based school as a marginally better option than the alternative. Mary's world starts to fall apart just before the start of the school year when her boyfriend, Dean, admits to her that he thinks he is gay. Mary receives what she believes are messages from God, including one indirectly through Hilary Faye, leading to her thinking she can save Dean by having sex with him, God who will restore her spiritua… (Read More)

Themes:
adoption drug use 
Locations:
christianity school kitchen 
Characters:
christianity christian female protagonist teenage boy brother sister relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
interracial adoption private school prayer title spoken by character gun 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The intr…overt freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:
abuse drug use 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage boy brother sister relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
english class football stadium football game high school graduation saying grace tutor american football prayer flashback 

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
adoption 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
audio flashback ends with biographical notes what happened to epilogue prayer car crash sunglasses based on book based on true story title spoken by character gun interview flashback 

Invincible (2006)
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Invincible (2006)

In the sumer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He's been working as a substitute teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he'll never amount to anything and asks for a di…vorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Subgenre:
football movie 
Characters:
african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
ends with real life footage ends with biographical notes football coach american football what happened to epilogue interview 

The Great Debaters (2007)
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The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated s…eason that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:
prejudice racism 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage boy brother sister relationship african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
race relations black american prayer based on true story three word title gun 

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October Sky (1999)
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October Sky (1999)

In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how… to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars. (Read More)

Themes:
abuse 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage boy african american mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
football practice high school football football coach american football black american based on book based on true story title spoken by character 

Machine Gun Preacher (2011) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, addicted gang biker Sam Childers is released from prison and learns that his wife Lynn is no longer a stripper but has converted to Christianity. One night, Sam and his best friend Donnie give a ride to a hitchhiker who threatens Donnie with a pocketknife; however Sam re…acts and turns the tables on the stranger. Sam is affected by the incident and is convinced by Lynn and his mother Daisy to join their church, and he is baptized. Sam finds a straight job in construction. When he meets a preacher from Africa, he decides to visit the continent. Sam travels to Northern Uganda and South Sudan many times and builds an orphanage for the victims of the cruel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Further, he fights whenever necessary and becomes a legend known as The Machine Gun Preacher. (Read More)

Characters:
christianity father daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
white savior what happened to epilogue character repeating someone else's dialogue drug addict drug dealer based on true story three word title title spoken by character gun 

World Trade Center (2006)
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World Trade Center (2006)

On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the rescue teams fight to save them.

Characters:
teenage boy brother sister relationship african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
ends with biographical notes what happened to epilogue woman prayer based on true story three word title flashback gun 

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his… mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:
abuse drug use 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
teenage boy african american mother son relationship 
Story:
high school athlete ends with biographical notes high school teacher what happened to epilogue black american drug addict drug dealer prayer based on book based on true story gun 

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)
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In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

In Monroe, Tennessee, Hank Deerfield, an aging warrior, gets a call that his son, just back from 18 months' fighting in Iraq, is missing from his base. Hank drives to Fort Rudd, New Mexico, to search. Within a day, the charred and dismembered body of his son is found on the outskirts of town. Deerfi…eld pushes himself into the investigation, marked by jurisdictional antagonism between the Army and local police. Working mostly with a new detective, Emily Sanders, Hank seems to close in on what happened. Major smuggling? A drug deal gone awry? Credit card slips, some photographs, and video clips from Iraq may hold the key. If Hank gets to the truth, what will it tell him? (Read More)

Themes:
drug use investigation 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
high school athlete strong female lead strong female character drug dealer woman prayer based on true story title spoken by character gun flashback 

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer drive. Her son insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant a black man. She resists any change in her life but, Hoke, the driver is hired by her son. She refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, but Hoke slowly …wins her over with his native good graces. The movie is directly taken from a stage play and does show it. It covers over twenty years of the pair's life together as they slowly build a relationship that transcends their differences. (Read More)

Themes:
racism 
Characters:
female protagonist african american mother son relationship 
Story:
illiteracy thanksgiving interracial friendship strong female lead race relations strong female character three word title 

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Gridiron Gang (2006)
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Gridiron Gang (2006)

In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful… experience changes the lives of many young kids. (Read More)

Subgenre:
football movie 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Story:
football practice football coach football team american football what happened to epilogue based on true story 

Ben-hur (2016)
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Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:
near death experience 
Characters:
teacher student relationship christianity brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
adopted brother narrated by character compassion training title spoken by character flashback 

Half Nelson (2006)
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Half Nelson (2006)

Young Caucasian Dan Dunne teaches history and coaches the girls basketball team at a Brooklyn high school populated primarily by black and Hispanic students. To the chagrin of his superiors, Dan bucks the outlined curriculum of historical facts in favor of the philosophy of historical events, genera…lly discussing the concept of dialectics. As such, he captures the imagination of his students, at least in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Dan's life is in shambles. He has a distant but cordial relationship with his family. He uses illicit drugs rampantly. Although his former girlfriend Rachel was able to clean up her drug habit, Dan believes that rehab will not work for him. Due to a combination of these issues, he treats women poorly. Thirteen year old Drey is a student in his class and a player on his basketball team. Drey has her own problems. Her parents are divorced, with her father a virtually non-existent figure in her life and her EMT mother generally absent as she is always working to provide for Drey. Her older brother Mike is incarcerated for selling drugs for a local dealer named Frank. Mike took the fall for Frank, who in turn protects Drey whether she wants to be associated with him or not. Dan and Drey's relationship changes when Drey catches Dan, believing he is alone, smoking crack in the girl's locker room bathroom. He is totally stoned. Their resulting friendship, which is seen as inappropriate by the few who know, is based on each being unable to dea… (Read More)

Themes:
drug use racism 
Locations:
kitchen 
Characters:
teacher student relationship teenage boy brother sister relationship african american father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
crack cocaine high school teacher race relations black american drug addict drug dealer sunglasses 

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Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is th…e initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:
abuse drug use investigation 
Characters:
teacher student relationship african american father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship 
Story:
football stadium surrogate mother american football black american character repeating someone else's dialogue car crash sunglasses title spoken by character gun 

Black Snake Moan (2006)
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Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in remindi…ng Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. (Read More)

Themes:
abuse drug use 
Locations:
truck kitchen 
Characters:
african american mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
saying grace southern accent race relations drug dealer prayer three word title title spoken by character gun flashback 

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
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Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Rick…y is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:
poverty racism 
Locations:
singing in a car 
Characters:
teenage boy african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
football scholarship thanksgiving american football what happened to epilogue drug addict drug dealer gun 

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Gone With The Wind (1939)
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Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cous…in, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:
poverty 
Characters:
christian female protagonist brother sister relationship african american father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
audio flashback title same as book southerner strong female lead strong female character black american woman prayer f rated gun 

Dreamgirls (2006) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early …flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:
prejudice drug use poverty 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
female protagonist brother sister relationship african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
race relations black american woman title spoken by character gun 

Enough (2002)
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Enough (2002)

An abused woman discovers that the dream man she married isn't who she thought he was. She and her daughter try to escape (aided by her previous boyfriend), but he pursues her relentlessly. Fearing also for the safety of her daughter, she decides that there's only one way out of the marriage: kill h…im. (Read More)

Characters:
teacher student relationship female protagonist father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
running away strong female lead strong female character drug addict training woman sunglasses interview gun 

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Menace II Society (1993)
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Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:
near death experience 
Characters:
african american husband wife relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
high school graduation high school teacher character repeating someone else's dialogue drug addict drug dealer sunglasses three word title flashback gun 

American History X (1998)
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American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that co…mmitted acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. (Read More)

Themes:
prejudice abuse racism 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
teenage boy brother sister relationship african american mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
gunfire interracial friendship race relations three word title title spoken by character flashback gun 

Crash (2004) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Crash (2004)

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently b…een carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female and the other black male, the latter who is dealing with a drugged out mother that feels he isn't concerned enough about taking care of family; an East Asian man who is run over but who is hiding some valuable cargo in the back of his van; a Persian store owner, who feels he isn't getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again; and a Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his young daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world. (Read More)

Themes:
prejudice racism 
Characters:
african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
coincidence compassion race relations black american drug addict woman car crash title spoken by character gun 

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Bridge Of Spies (2015)
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Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the co…mpany of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Themes:
prejudice 
Characters:
brother sister relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
ends with biographical notes saying grace archival footage what happened to epilogue based on book based on true story three word title 

The Glass House (2001)
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The Glass House (2001)

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever… had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. (Read More)

Themes:
adoption drug use 
Locations:
truck 
Characters:
female protagonist teenage boy brother sister relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
bmw drug addict car crash gun 

Triple 9 (2016)
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Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, trigge…ring a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:
near death experience investigation 
Characters:
african american husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
crack cocaine bmw southern accent interracial friendship drug addict drug dealer car crash sunglasses title spoken by character 

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Focus (2015) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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Focus (2015)

Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky's profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don't go together. They …split, only to see each other three years later... And things get messy. (Read More)

Themes:
near death experience 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
football stadium football game american football character repeating someone else's dialogue training car crash sunglasses title spoken by character flashback 

The Rainmaker (1997)
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The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woma…n. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:
investigation 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
memphis tennessee southern accent redneck training woman 

Pain & Gain (2013)
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Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilde…r Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. (Read More)

Themes:
investigation 
Characters:
christian husband wife relationship 
Story:
narrated by character interracial friendship what happened to epilogue character repeating someone else's dialogue drug addict drug dealer car crash sunglasses based on true story three word title title spoken by character flashback 

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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evely…n learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. (Read More)

Themes:
investigation 
Characters:
female protagonist brother sister relationship african american mother son relationship 
Story:
strong female lead strong female character woman three word title title spoken by character flashback 

The Shack (2017) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
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The Shack (2017)

After the abduction and presumed death of Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, Mack receives a letter and suspects it is from God, asking him to return to The Shack where Missy may have been murdered. After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time sin…ce Missy's abduction and an encounter that will change his life forever. (Read More)

Themes:
abuse 
Characters:
christianity christian teenage boy brother sister relationship african american father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
black american based on book title spoken by character flashback gun 

Hidden Figures (2016)
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Hidden Figures (2016)

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known… as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. (Read More)

Themes:
prejudice racism 
Characters:
african american mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
ends with biographical notes archival footage race relations what happened to epilogue woman based on true story f rated 

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