Directed by Joe Johnston and written by Lewis Colick, ‘October Sky’ is a biographical drama which follows the story of Homer H. Hickam, Jr., a coal miner’s son who, after getting inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, takes up rocketry against his father’s wishes and eventually becomes a NASA engineer. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickam. The actor showcases early signs of his acting brilliance with his compassionate and subtle take on the character.
The film released on February 19, 1999, and received positive reviews for the direction, writing and performances. It has a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 71 out of 100 Metacritic. The film also did quite well at the box office as it grossed $34.7 million against a budget of $25 million.
For this article, I have taken into account films that are inspirational tales that showcase the journey of a character to victory and freedom. Some of the films are comedies while some are dramas, but all function within the facets of inspiration and encouragement. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘October Sky’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘October Sky’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. The Intouchables (2011)
Co-written and co-directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, ‘The Intouchables’ follows Philippe, an aristocrat, who after becoming a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, hires a young man, Bakary “Driss” Bassari, from the projects to be his caregiver. ‘The Intouchables’ received negative reviews from the critics of the UK, but went on to become a huge commercial and critical success in France. The buddy comedy-drama is built on the compassionate camaraderie between François Cluzet and Omar Sy, who essay the roles of Philippe and Driss respectively. The film garnered quite a number of nominations, including seven prestigious César Awards, with Sy winning the “Best Actor”. The film also became one of the biggest commercial successes in France, grossing $426.6 million against an approximate budget of $10.8 million.