20 Movies Like Pay It Forward

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The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness
Internet Movie Database: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Metacritic: 64/100
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Runtime: 117 min
Genre: Biography, Drama
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 12 wins & 26 nominations total
Writer: Steve Conrad
Actors: Will Smith, Thandiwe Newton, Jaden Smith
Language: English, Cantonese
Country: United States
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“The Pursuit of Happyness” is a biographical drama film that tells the story of Chris Gardner, a struggling salesman who becomes homeless with his young son. Despite facing numerous hardships, Gardner perseveres and eventually achieves his dream of becoming a successful stockbroker.

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind
Internet Movie Database: 8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Metacritic: 72/100
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Runtime: 135 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, Mystery
Awards: Won 4 Oscars. 37 wins & 69 nominations total
Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar
Actors: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
Language: English
Country: United States
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“A Beautiful Mind” is a biographical drama film that tells the story of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician who struggles with schizophrenia. The movie explores his journey of overcoming his mental illness and his contributions to game theory.

The Blind Side

The Blind Side
The Blind Side
Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Metacritic: 53/100
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Runtime: 129 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 9 wins & 30 nominations total
Writer: John Lee Hancock, Michael Lewis
Actors: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw
Language: English
Country: United States
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“The Blind Side” is a biographical sports drama film that tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless and underprivileged teenager who is taken in by a wealthy family and ultimately becomes a successful football player. The movie explores themes of family, compassion, and the transformative power of opportunity.

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
Internet Movie Database: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Metacritic: 70/100
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Runtime: 126 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. 24 wins & 61 nominations total
Writer: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Actors: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Language: English
Country: United States
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“Good Will Hunting” is a drama film about a troubled genius janitor named Will Hunting who, with the help of a therapist, confronts his past trauma and navigates his potential for a brighter future.

Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society
Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Metacritic: 79/100
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Runtime: 128 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 20 wins & 19 nominations total
Writer: Tom Schulman
Actors: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke
Language: English, Latin
Country: United States
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“Dead Poets Society” is a coming-of-age film set in a conservative boys’ prep school, where an English teacher inspires his students to embrace their individuality and seize the day through the power of poetry, ultimately challenging the traditional norms and expectations of society.”

The Bucket List

The Bucket List
The Bucket List
Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Metacritic: 42/100
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Runtime: 97 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Awards: 3 wins & 4 nominations
Writer: Justin Zackham
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes
Language: English
Country: United States
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“The Bucket List” is a comedy-drama film about two terminally ill men who meet in a cancer ward and decide to fulfill their bucket lists by embarking on a series of adventures around the world before they die. Through their journey, they discover the true meaning of life and friendship.

The Help

The Help
The Help
Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Metacritic: 62/100
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Runtime: 146 min
Genre: Drama
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 79 wins & 121 nominations total
Writer: Tate Taylor, Kathryn Stockett
Actors: Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer
Language: English
Country: United States, India
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“The Help” is a movie set in the 1960s that follows a young aspiring writer who decides to document the experiences of African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi. Through their stories, the film explores themes of racial discrimination, friendship, and empowerment.

Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers
Freedom Writers
Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Metacritic: 64/100
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Runtime: 123 min
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination
Writer: Richard LaGravenese, Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell
Actors: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey
Language: English, Spanish
Country: Germany, United States
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The Freedom Writers movie follows the true story of an idealistic teacher who inspires her at-risk students to overcome their personal struggles through the power of writing and education. Through their shared experiences, they learn to break free from the cycle of violence and poverty, ultimately transforming their lives.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Metacritic: 69/100
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Runtime: 126 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Awards: 23 wins & 18 nominations
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, John Green
Actors: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Language: English
Country: United States
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“The Fault in Our Stars” is a movie based on the novel by John Green, following the love story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group and embark on a journey of love, friendship, and the pursuit of a meaningful life despite their terminal illnesses.

The Green Mile

The Green Mile
The Green Mile
Internet Movie Database: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Metacritic: 61/100
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Runtime: 189 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Awards: Nominated for 4 Oscars. 15 wins & 37 nominations total
Writer: Stephen King, Frank Darabont
Actors: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse
Language: English, French
Country: United States
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“The Green Mile” is a film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, following the story of a death row corrections officer who forms an unlikely bond with a gentle giant inmate with supernatural abilities. It explores themes of compassion, redemption, and the power of human connection in the face of injustice.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption
Internet Movie Database: 9.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic: 82/100
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Runtime: 142 min
Genre: Drama
Awards: Nominated for 7 Oscars. 21 wins & 42 nominations total
Writer: Stephen King, Frank Darabont
Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
Language: English
Country: United States
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“The Shawshank Redemption” is a film about a banker named Andy Dufresne who is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary. While there, he forms a friendship with a fellow inmate named Red and works towards his ultimate goal of freedom and redemption.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Metacritic: 70/100
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Runtime: 166 min
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Awards: Won 3 Oscars. 85 wins & 160 nominations total
Writer: Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Actors: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton
Language: English, Russian, French
Country: United States
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“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is about a man who ages in reverse, born as an elderly man and growing younger as time passes. The film explores his extraordinary life, relationships, and the challenges he faces as he defies the normal course of aging.

Life is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful
Life Is Beautiful
Internet Movie Database: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Metacritic: 59/100
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Runtime: 116 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards: Won 3 Oscars. 72 wins & 52 nominations total
Writer: Vincenzo Cerami, Roberto Benigni
Actors: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini
Language: Italian, German, English
Country: Italy
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“Life is Beautiful” is a heartwarming Italian film set during World War II, following a Jewish man who uses his humor and imagination to protect his young son from the horrors of a concentration camp. It explores the power of love, resilience, and the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Metacritic: 54/100
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Runtime: 114 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Awards: 5 wins & 18 nominations
Writer: Steve Conrad, James Thurber
Actors: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
Language: English, Spanish, Icelandic
Country: United States, United Kingdom
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“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a film about a daydreamer who escapes his monotonous life by immersing himself in vivid fantasies. However, when his job is at risk, he embarks on a real-life adventure that pushes him to face his fears and discover his true potential.

The Soloist

The Soloist
The Soloist
Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Metacritic: 61/100
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Runtime: 117 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations
Writer: Susannah Grant, Steve Lopez
Actors: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom, France, United States
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“The Soloist” is a drama film based on a true story, following a journalist who befriends a homeless musician with mental illness and helps him navigate his challenging circumstances while uncovering the power of music and human connection.”

The Terminal

The Terminal
The Terminal
Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Metacritic: 55/100
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Runtime: 128 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards: 7 wins & 8 nominations
Writer: Andrew Niccol, Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson
Actors: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride
Language: English, Bulgarian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, German, French
Country: United States
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“The Terminal” is a film about an Eastern European man who becomes stranded in a New York airport when his country undergoes a political revolution, forcing him to live in the terminal indefinitely. As he navigates the challenges of survival and forms unexpected connections, he finds a sense of purpose and belonging within the confines of the airport.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” is a film set during World War II, following the unlikely friendship between two boys – one the son of a Nazi officer and the other a Jewish boy imprisoned in a concentration camp. The film explores the innocence and tragedy of their friendship amidst the horrors of the Holocaust.

The Intouchables

The Intouchables
The Intouchables
Internet Movie Database: 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Metacritic: 57/100
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Runtime: 112 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Awards: Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award38 wins & 40 nominations total
Writer: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo
Actors: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
Language: French, English
Country: France
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“The Intouchables” is a French film based on a true story about the unlikely friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic man and his ex-convict caretaker, as they both learn to find joy and purpose in life. Through their bond, they challenge societal norms and overcome their personal struggles, ultimately inspiring each other to live life to the fullest.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Metacritic: 67/100
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Runtime: 103 min
Genre: Drama
Awards: 19 wins & 51 nominations
Writer: Stephen Chbosky
Actors: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
Language: English
Country: United States
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“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a coming-of-age film based on a novel by Stephen Chbosky. It follows an introverted high school freshman named Charlie as he navigates friendship, love, and mental health struggles with the help of a group of misfit friends.

The Impossible

The Impossible
The Impossible
Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Metacritic: 73/100
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Runtime: 114 min
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 28 wins & 70 nominations total
Writer: Sergio G. Sánchez, María Belón
Actors: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
Language: English, Thai, German, Swedish, Spanish
Country: Spain, Thailand, United States
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The Impossible is a film based on the true story of a family’s survival and reunion after being separated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It depicts their harrowing journey and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

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