While writing the article of “12 Best Tobey Maguire Movies”, I enlisted ‘The Cider House Rules’ as ”one of the most underrated films that has slowly gathered dust through the years”. Though I don’t like to use the term “underrated” I would certainly say that the film has not received the love it deserves. Directed by Lasse Hallström and written by John Irving, ‘The Cider House Rules’ is an adaption of Irving’s novel of the same name. The drama stars Tobey Maguire as Homer Wells, a young empathetic and compassionate man, who is raised in an orphanage and trained to become a doctor by the lovable Dr Wilbur Larch, essayed by Michael Caine. However, he starts to realize his inherent dream to experience the world and decides to leave and essentially come of age.
For this article, I have taken into account films that explore the genres of coming of age and family drama. They are all thematically and tonally similar to this criminally underrated 90s classic. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Cider House Rules’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Cider House Rules’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
A comedy-drama, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ follows Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard, an actor who, after being divorced, uses his talent to disguise as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children who are in the custody of his former wife. Directed by Chris Columbus and co-written by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon, the film is an adaption of English novelist Anne Fine’s ‘Alias Madame Doubtfire’, published in 1987. Though the movie is not a great adaptation of the novel in terms of the narrative and filmmaking, what makes ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ such an enjoyable watch is the comedic charisma displayed by the legendary Robin Williams, for which he won the Golden Globe for “Best Actor”. The film has gone on to become a classic and was placed in the list of American Film Institute’s “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs”.
9. Captain Fantastic (2016)
A comedy-drama, ‘Captain Fantastic’ is set in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, where a father who is devoted to raising his six kids with a laborious physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world. This brings new challenges as he is confronted with the philosophy and idea of what it means to be a parent. Written and directed by Matt Ross, the comedy-drama is built on a narrative that exploress themes of wilderness and parenthood. The writing is complemented by the empathetic performance by Viggo Mortensen as the strict yet compassionate father, for which he received the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for “Best Actor” nominations. ‘Captain Fantastic’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, where Ross won the prestigious Un Certain Regard – “Prize for Best Director”.