Movies like Life As A House 2001

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

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1 The Bodyguard 1992

A former Secret Service agent grudgingly takes an assignment to protect a pop idol who's threatened by a crazed fan. At first, the safety-obsessed bodyguard and the self-indulgent diva totally clash. But before long, all that tension sparks fireworks of another sort, and the love-averse tough guy is torn between duty and romance.

Genres:

Thriller, Action, Drama, Music, Romance

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writer:

Lawrence Kasdan

Country:

United States of America
6.3

2 The Guardian 2006

A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's 'A' School, where legendary rescue swimmer, Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Andrew Davis

Country:

United States of America
6.9

3 Almost Famous 2000

In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and lead singer Jeff Bebe.

Genres:

Drama, Music

Director:

Cameron Crowe

Writer:

Cameron Crowe

Country:

United States of America
7.9

4 Dangerous Minds 1995

Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns to the classroom, she does so armed with a no-nonsense attitude informed by her military training and a fearless determination to better the lives of her students -- no matter what the cost.

Genre:

Thriller

Director:

John N. Smith

Writers:

LouAnne Johnson (book), Ronald Bass (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
6.5

5 Meet Joe Black 1998

When the grim reaper comes to collect the soul of megamogul Bill Parrish, he arrives with a proposition: Host him for a "vacation" among the living in trade for a few more days of existence. Parrish agrees, and using the pseudonym Joe Black, Death begins taking part in Parrish's daily agenda and falls in love with the man's daughter. Yet when Black's holiday is over, so is Parrish's life.

Genres:

Fantasy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Martin Brest

Writers:

Ron Osborn (screenplay), Jeff Reno (screenplay) | 6 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.2

6 Pay It Forward 2000

Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.

Genres:

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Director:

Mimi Leder

Writers:

Catherine Ryan Hyde (book), Leslie Dixon (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7.2

7 The Emperor's Club 2002

William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to a close student-teacher relationship, but results in a life lesson for Hundert that will still haunt him a quarter of a century later.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writers:

Ethan Canin (short story "The Palace Thief"), Neil Tolkin (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
6.9

8 The Cider House Rules 1999

Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him?

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

John Irving (novel), John Irving (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7.4

9 I Am Sam 2001

Although Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, he has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the authorities take her away. Sam shames high-priced lawyer, Rita into taking his case pro bono and in turn teaches her the value of love and family.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Jessie Nelson

Country:

United States of America
7.7

10 August Rush 2007

An orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Genres:

Family, Drama, Music

Director:

Kirsten Sheridan

Writers:

Nick Castle (screenplay), James V. Hart (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.5

11 Lorenzo's Oil 1992

Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7, until he started experiencing blackouts, memory lapses and other strange mental phenomena. Eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD—an extremely rare and incurable degenerative brain disorders—his parents, frustrated at the failings of conventional medicine, start their quest for an unothadox treatment.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

George Miller

Country:

United States of America
7.3

12 Water For Elephants 2011

In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Francis Lawrence

Writers:

Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Sara Gruen (novel)

Country:

United States of America
6.9

13 Adam 2009

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Max Mayer

Writer:

Max Mayer

Country:

United States of America
7.2

14 Simon Birch 1998

Simon Birch and Joe Wenteworth are boys who have a reputation for being oddballs. Joe never knew his father, and his mother, Rebecca, is keeping her lips sealed no matter how much he protests. Simon, meanwhile, is an 11-year-old dwarf whose outsize personality belies his small stature. Indeed, he often assails the local reverend with thorny theological questions and joins Joe on his quest to find his biological father.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Family

Writers:

Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay), John Irving (novel)

Country:

United States of America
6.9

15 The Invisible 2007

After an attack leaves him in limbo -- invisible to the living and also near death -- a teenager discovers the only person who might be able help him is his attacker.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction

Director:

David S. Goyer

Writers:

Mick Davis (screenplay), Christine Roum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Canada, United States of America
6.2

16 Reservation Road 2007

Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men react in unexpected ways as a reckoning looms in the near future.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, Thriller

Director:

Terry George

Writers:

John Burnham Schwartz (screenplay), Terry George (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.7

17 Proof 2005

Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited her father’s mental illness along with his mathematical genius. When Robert’s work reveals a mathematical proof of potentially historic proportions, it sets off shock waves in more ways than one.

Genres:

Drama, Mystery

Director:

John Madden

Writers:

David Auburn (play), David Auburn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.7

18 A Love Song For Bobby Long 2004

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Shainee Gabel

Writers:

Ronald Everett Capps (novel), Shainee Gabel (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7.1

19 Cold Mountain 2003

In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their farm. As Inman makes his perilous journey home, Ada struggles to keep their home intact with the assistance of Ruby, a mysterious drifter sent to help her by a kindly neighbor.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Director:

Anthony Minghella

Writers:

Charles Frazier (book), Anthony Minghella (screenplay)

Countries:

United States of America, United Kingdom, Romania, Italy
7.2

20 Sleepers 1996

Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Lorenzo Carcaterra (book), Barry Levinson (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7.6

21 Walk The Line 2005

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Genres:

Drama, Music, Romance

Director:

James Mangold

Writers:

Johnny Cash (book), Johnny Cash (book) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
7.8

22 Reign Over Me 2007

A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Mike Binder

Writer:

Mike Binder

Country:

United States of America
7.4

23 Australia 2008

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces firsthand.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama, Romance

Director:

Baz Luhrmann

Writers:

Stuart Beattie (screenplay), Baz Luhrmann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Countries:

Australia, United States of America, United Kingdom
6.6

24 Moonlight Mile 2002

As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life.

Genres:

Romance, Drama

Director:

Brad Silberling

Writer:

Brad Silberling

Country:

United States of America
6.6