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The Blind Side (2009)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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 soon 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)

Themes:prejudice,  adoption,  abuse,  poverty,  racism
Locations:kitchen
Characters:christianity,  christian
Story:tutor,  interracial adoption,  christianity school,  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,  drug addicted mother,  baltimore ravens,  biracial family,  audio flashback,  gentle giant,  protective mother,  white savior,  the projects,  adoptive family,  parental neglect,  killed on birthday,  rapping in a car,  oral exam,  adoptive parent,  cheerleading squad,  football star,  fatherless child,  motherly love,  40 oz,  adopted brother,  societal hypocrisy,  english class,  homeless teenager,  football practice,  football movie,  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,  democrat,  high school teacher,  running away,  narrated by character,  southerner,  southern accent,  newspaper clipping,  thanksgiving,  gunfire,  family dinner,  archival footage,  obesity,  near death experience,  interracial friendship,  redneck,  strong female lead,  compassion,  singing in a car,  fish out of water,  american football,  race relations,  what happened to epilogue,  strong female character,  black american,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  drug addict,  training,  teacher student relationship,  truck,  drug dealer,  woman,  drug use,  prayer,  car crash,  sunglasses,  investigation,  female protagonist,  based on book,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  gun,  flashback,  interview

Radio (2003)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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.

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

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Remember The Titans (2000)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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

We Are Marshall (2006)
Drama, Sport

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)

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

The Color Purple (1985) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Drama

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
Story:illiteracy,  race relations,  black american,  woman,  prayer,  female protagonist,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

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Friday Night Lights (2004)
Action, Drama, Sport

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. This is why Friday Night Lights (2004) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009). (Read More)

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

Concussion (2015)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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 be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. (Read More)

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

Varsity Blues (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

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 West 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)

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

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Glory Road (2006) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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

Hanna (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

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 geared 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)

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

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:adoption
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,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  gun,  interview

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The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

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

Die Welle (2008) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (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 invested 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
Story:essay,  high school teacher,  singing in a car,  teacher student relationship,  drug dealer,  drug use,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun

Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

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

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Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

Enough (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 him. This is why Enough (2002) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009). (Read More)

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

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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

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The Ice Storm (1997)
Drama

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)

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

Four Brothers (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Drama

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

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Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009).

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

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Story:southern accent,  redneck,  black american,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  drug addict,  drug dealer,  drug use,  car crash,  sunglasses,  investigation,  african american,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  gun

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Drama

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, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. (Read More)

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

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Invincible (2006)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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 divorce. 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)

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

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Story:motherly love,  narrated by character,  interracial friendship,  black american,  drug dealer,  drug use,  prayer,  teenage boy,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  interview,  flashback

Gridiron Gang (2006)
Crime, Drama, Sport

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. This is why Gridiron Gang (2006) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009). (Read More)

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

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Saved! (2004)
Comedy, Drama

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 outwardly 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 spiritual virginity because of this act. The outcome is that Dean is sent away for conversion therapy and outed anyway, and Mary becomes pregnant, something she doesn't tell Dean or any of those closest to her, including her mother, Lillian. Her pregnancy affects how she treats another new student, Patrick - the son of Pastor Skip, the school's principal - the two who are attracted to each other. Beyond Mary trying to figure out what to do, Mary's Christian faith is tested by events around her because of Dean and/or her pregnancy, as well as by many Christians justifying what may be considered sins in having a higher Godly purpose, which she is unaware includes a relationship between her mother and married Pastor Skip. (Read More)

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

Black Snake Moan (2006)
Drama, Music

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

Crash (2004) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

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Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:abuse
Characters:christian
Story:woman,  redneck,  truck,  car crash,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  f rated,  gun

Men Of Honor (2000)
Biography, Drama

Men Of Honor (2000)

The story ultimately revolves around two "men of honor"; their relationship, their individual and joint failures and triumphs. Carl Brashear is determined to be the first African American Navy Diver in a time where racism is rife. Leslie Sunday is his embittered trainer, determined to see him fail. Fate, challenges and circumstances eventually draw these two men together in a tale of turbulence and ultimately triumph. This is why Men Of Honor (2000) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  prejudice
Story:training,  motivational,  race relations,  based on true story,  three word title,  african american

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

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

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? (Read More)

Locations:kitchen
Story:gunfire,  near death experience,  redneck,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  truck,  woman,  car crash,  female protagonist,  three word title,  gun,  flashback

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

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.

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

Hidden Figures (2016)
Biography, Drama, History

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

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American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

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 committed 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. This is why American History X (1998) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009). (Read More)

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

Machine Gun Preacher (2011) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

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 reacts 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
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,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  gun

In The Valley Of Elah (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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. Deerfield 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)

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

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A Little Princess (1995)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  poverty,  racism
Story:private school,  interracial friendship,  race relations,  teacher student relationship,  female protagonist,  three word title,  african american,  father daughter relationship

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:poverty
Story:crack cocaine,  thanksgiving,  near death experience,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  drug addict,  drug dealer,  sunglasses,  investigation,  title spoken by character,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  flashback

Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2006) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Action, Comedy, Sport

Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2006)

NASCAR stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby is a national hero because of his "win at all costs" approach. He and his loyal racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr., are a fearless duo -- "Shake" and "Bake" by their fans for their ability to finish so many races in the #1 and #2 positions, with Cal always in second place. When flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard challenges "Shake" and "Bake" for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing's top driver. This is why Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2006) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009). (Read More)

Story:saying grace,  southern accent,  family dinner,  redneck,  drug dealer,  prayer,  car crash,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

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World Trade Center (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

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.

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

Snitch (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Snitch (2013)

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. (Read More)

Story:fish out of water,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  truck,  drug dealer,  woman,  car crash,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Tideland (2005)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:abuse
Locations:kitchen
Story:southern accent,  family dinner,  drug addict,  drug use,  prayer,  sunglasses,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  flashback

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Left Behind (2014) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Left Behind (2014)

Characters:christianity,  christian
Story:southern accent,  drug addict,  car crash,  brother sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. This is why Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009). (Read More)

Story:motivational,  southern accent,  family dinner,  what happened to epilogue,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  prayer,  sunglasses,  investigation,  teenage boy,  based on true story,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback

Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Dolores Claiborne works as a maid for a wealthy woman in remote Maine. When she is indicted for the elderly woman's murder, Dolores' daughter Selena returns from New York, where she has become a big-shot reporter. In the course of working out the details of what has happened, as well as some shady questions from the past and Selena's troubled childhood, many difficult truths are revealed about their family's domestic strife. This is cleverly portrayed with present reality shot in cool blue tones blending seamlessly into flashbacks shot in vivid color. As small town justice relentlessly grinds forward, surprises lie in store for the viewers.... (Read More)

Story:strong female lead,  strong female character,  woman,  investigation,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  flashback

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Training Day (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. (Read More)

Story:training,  crack cocaine,  coincidence,  drug addict,  drug dealer,  drug use,  car crash,  investigation,  title spoken by character,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  gun

Leatherheads (2008) is one of the best movies like The Blind Side (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Leatherheads (2008)

A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America's nascent pro-football league in 1925. Dodge Connolly, a charming, brash football hero, is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country's attention. Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford, America's favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton aims to prove that's the case. A cub journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter's war story. But while she digs, the two teammates start to become serious off-field rivals for her fickle affections. As the new game of pro-football becomes less like the freewheeling sport he knew and loved, Dodge must both fight to keep his guys together and to get the girl of his dreams. Finding that love and football have a surprisingly similar playbook, however, he has one maneuver he will save just for the fourth quarter... (Read More)

Story:football star,  football practice,  football movie,  football stadium,  football coach,  football team,  american football,  black american,  truck,  african american,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  interview

Animal Kingdom (2010)
Crime, Drama

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Despite being no saint herself, Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son, Joshua "J" Cody, from her Melbourne-based criminal relatives who they have not seen in years. After Julia dies in front of J's eyes from a self-inflicted heroin overdose, J, who is slightly detached from life, feels he has no choice but to contact his maternal grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, the family matriarch, for a place to live. Smurf rules the family with a borderline incestuous love over her three sons, the quietly menacing Andrew "Pope" Cody, the hyperactive Craig Cody, and the barely of age Darren Cody. Pope and his best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown, are armed robbers, with Darren their up and coming apprentice, while Craig is a mid level drug dealer. Melbourne's Armed Robbery Squad is after specifically Pope, who is hiding out. But when the standoff between the Codys and the Armed Robbery Squad is brought up a notch, an all out war ensues, with some casualties and J caught in the middle. The only grounding in J's life is his girlfriend, Nicky Henry. With those casualties comes an investigation by Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Nathan Leckie, who knows the Codys are involved in some of those deaths. As Leckie tries to get J on his side, J has to figure out how best to get himself out from the middle, where he trusts neither side. J also wants to figure out how to exact what he considers justice in an all around bad situation. (Read More)

Story:narrated by character,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  drug dealer,  drug use,  car crash,  sunglasses,  investigation,  teenage boy,  based on true story,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  interview

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