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Billy: The Early Years (2008)
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Billy: The Early Years (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Most of us know Billy Graham as the self-assured and charismatic preacher who became one of the most important figures of 20th Century Christianity. Now, with the release of Billy: The Early Years, we meet Billy as the earnest and promising young man at the crossroads of faith and doubt, ultimately facing the moment of decision that launched one of history’s most powerful evangelistic careers.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: self discovery, life is a bitch, hopes, society, lifestyle, redemption, idealism, miraculous event, clergy, christianity, born again christian, faith, doubt, friends, religions or cults, americana, college, religion, male female relationship, church, farmer, radio, christian, interview, prayer ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century
Place: north carolina

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and emotional films with plots about society, hopes, clergy, religions or cults, life is a bitch, human spirit and redemption mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Billy: The Early Years: Thérèse (2004), The Least Among You (2009), Cesar Chavez (2014), Killing Jesus (2015), The Friends of Jesus - Thomas (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Thérèse (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The mesmerizing story of a young girl's romance with God. Her faith, trials, and sacrifices reveal a way of life based on love and simplicity. A contemplative film based on the true story of Saint Therese of Lisieux, the most popular saint of ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, emotional, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: convent, saint, human spirit, self discovery, clergy, ambition, hopes, society, religions or cults, miraculous event, church, nun ...
Place: europe, france
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The Least Among You (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, rebellion, against the odds, human spirit, self discovery, leadership, social relations, hopes, life is a bitch, student life, clergy, society ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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72%
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Cesar Chavez (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating
Plot: labor union, fighting the system, rebellion, working class, idealism, hopes, leadership, society, life is a bitch, social relations, migrant worker, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, yuma arizona, arizona
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68%
Killing Jesus (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Jesus of Nazareth’s life and ministry were subject to seismic social and political events that led to his execution and changed the world forever.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, psychological
Plot: roman empire, hopes, fighting the system, rebellion, society, rise and fall, idealism, jesus christ, jesus, religion, self sacrifice, life is a bitch ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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60%
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Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Lithuania, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The eventful life of a humble Polish priest who once decried the pomp of the Catholic Church "a circus" and labeled the Pope a "prisoner of the Vatican" before ascending to the papal throne is explored as actor Thomas Kretschmann ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: fighting the system, clergy, politics, rebellion, dishonesty, society, leadership, state affairs, hopes, forbidden love, human spirit, religions or cults ...
Place: israel, europe, middle east, poland
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55%
The Friends of Jesus - Thomas (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Jesus is taken off the cross at Golgotha, THOMAS arrives there. Like most of the other disciples, he had worriedly taken refuge with friends in Jerusalem after Jesus's arrest. After Jesus's burial, the disciples decide to leave ...
Style: biblical, captivating, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: clergy, tragic hero, redemption, miraculous event, go public, religions or cults, supernatural, hopes, society, leadership, destiny, jesus ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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54%
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Faustina (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 73 min.
Story: The Life of saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska, a Polish Nun.
Style: gloomy, contemplative, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: convent, hopes, clergy, supernatural ability, society, church, family relations, religions or cults, mercy, painting, nun, faith ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 1930s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1948, Johns served as the outspoken spiritual leader of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Incensed at the racial injustice that pervaded the South, he was determined to fight for equality for all African Americans.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: church, racism, hopes, state affairs, injustice, life is a bitch, heroes, interracial relations, workplace situations, military, fighting the system, rebellion ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Higher Ground (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark ...
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: faith, evangelical christianity, life is a bitch, hopes, self discovery, human spirit, redemption, introspection, religions or cults, society, christian, friendship between women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 60s, 1960s
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53%
The Errand of Angels (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sister Rachel Taylor of Boise, Idaho is an eager young missionary of the LDS Church who has been sent on an 18-month long mission to Austria. Rachel finds herself having a hard time adjusting to her new cultural surroundings in the foreign country. ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, psychological, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, religions or cults, church, clergy, society, hopes, missionary, love, friendship, siblings relations, miraculous event, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria, usa, europe
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50%
Have a Little Faith (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: At age 82, Mitch Albom's former rabbi Albert Lewis wants the famous Detroit sportswriter to give his eulogy when the time comes. Albom makes a visit to his former home town in New Jersey, where Rabbi Lewis has served a congregation for about 50 ...
Style: sincere, captivating, psychological, contemplative, touching ...
Plot: rabbi, redemption, religions or cults, urban ghetto, clergy, starting over, friendship, priest, faith, personal growth, columnist, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, detroit
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48%
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Luther (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A man's view cause a rift between peasants and the church.
Style: realistic, serious, talky, contemplative
Plot: church, politics, fighting the system, rebelliousness, destiny, idealism, against the odds, human spirit, righting the wronged, injustice, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 16th century, 70s, 1500s
Place: germany
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47%
Hell and Mr. Fudge (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Hell and Mr. Fudge is an 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Wood and written by Brian Phillip Stoddard. Based on a true story, the film stars Mackenzie Astin as Edward Fudge, an Alabama preacher who has been hired to determine the existence ...
Style: christian film, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, serious
Plot: church, religious intolerance, preacher, hell, clergy, parents and children, parent child relationship, leadership, religions or cults, father son relationship, bible, religious differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: alabama
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46%
The Wronged Man (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Janet Gregory, a single mother with a haunting past, is a paralegal struggling to overcome doubts about Calvin Willis, an African-American husband and father wrongfully accused of raping a neighborhood girl. Eventually convinced of his innocence, ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, rough ...
Plot: false accusation, hopes, courtroom drama, injustice, society, crimes, legal, dishonesty, rape, african american, moral dilemma, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, homeless teenager, aids, university, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, kids in trouble, teenage life, homeless, street kid, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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43%
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Sinner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Catholic priest, Father Anthony Romano (Nick Chinlund), intervenes with the police when his colleague attacks a drifter named Lil (Georgina Cates). When Anthony reluctantly provides her asylum in his rectory, the brash hustler soon discovers a ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, false accusation, celibacy, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, redemption, lifestyle, clergy, dishonesty, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
In Memory of Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Investigates the life a young man who has decided to enter a Jesuit monastery in Venice, but is then overcome by agonizing doubts before his ordination.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: monastery, lifestyle, introspection, teaching the ways of the world, starting over, religions or cults, hopes, society, clergy, christianity, obedience, self doubt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venice, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Father Damien (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of the 19th century Belgian priest, Father Damien, who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.
Style: uplifting, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: against the odds, power relations, injustice, tragic hero, fighting the system, society, heroes, clergy, social misfits, hopes, life is a bitch, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Mother Teresa (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, UK, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The inspirational portrayal of Mother Teresa, a simple nun who became one of the most significant personalities of the 20th Century. Armed with a faith that could move mountains, Mother Teresa followed her calling to help the poor, the lepers, the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: charity, nun, human spirit, against the odds, tragic hero, clergy, prodigy, hopes, religions or cults, society, woman, ambition ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Chico Xavier (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A biography of spiritual medium and author Francisco Candido Xavier.
Style: serious, captivating, psychological, contemplative, atmospheric ...
Plot: religions or cults, mystery, society, charity, faith, spiritualism, religion, medium, clergy, superhuman powers, supernatural, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1920s, 70s, 20s ...
Place: brazil
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38%
Eleanor, First Lady of the World (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Biography of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who forged a new role for herself in the years after her husband's death.
Style: captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: hopes, couples, couple relations, human spirit, idealism, heroic mission, world war two, strong female presence, dealing with death, state affairs, politics, folk hero ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: london, paris france
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37%
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 260 min.
Story: All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
Style: epic, biblical, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: jesus christ, betrayal, desert, miraculous event, temptation, jesus, redemption, hopes, leadership, society, tragic hero, human spirit ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, ancient times
Place: holy land, jerusalem, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Peter and Paul (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.
Style: biblical, atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic ...
Plot: state affairs, clergy, dishonesty, obsessive quest, anti heroes, life is a bitch, heroes, hopes, religions or cults, injustice, anti hero, redemption ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, rome italy, israel
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37%
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Midnight Clear (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: On Christmas Eve in the Arizona desert, a middle-aged man (Stephen Baldwin) and an old woman (K Callan) contemplate suicide. But through chance run-ins with strangers and perhaps some divine intervention, they cross paths and change each ...
Style: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, serious, humorous ...
Plot: church, christmas, life is a bitch, redemption, unemployment, family relations, love and romance, hopes, society, clergy, small town, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A word for word depiction of the life of Jesus Christ from the Good News Translation Bible as recorded in the Gospel of John.
Style: serious, atmospheric, based on the bible, epic
Plot: miraculous event, tragic hero, idealism, false accusation, human spirit, heroic mission, leadership, clergy, ambition, hopes, betrayal, rise and fall ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
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36%
Welcome to Paradise (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When big-city preacher Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) moves to the small town of Paradise with her son Hayden (Bobby Edner), she finds the local community unreceptive to her message of love and forgiveness. Determined to get through to her ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, inspirational, captivating, touching ...
Plot: church, small town, love affair, self discovery, introspection, social relations, clergy, society, hopes, village, preacher, community ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
White Lightnin' (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, where every man owns a gun and a moonshine still, abides living legend Jesco White, "the dancing outlaw". As a boy Jesco was in and out of reform school and the insane ...
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, eccentric family, obsessive quest, couple relations, small town, redemption, americana, human spirit, misfit, lifestyle, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, west virginia, appalachia
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36%
Do You Believe? (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.
Style: christian film, thought provoking, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: christian, clergy, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, introspection, religions or cults, society, hopes, human spirit, doctors and patients, church, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois, xian
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35%
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Anna Nicole (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Voluptuous beauty Anna Nicole Smith marries an elderly millionaire and poses for Playboy, but after her husband's death, her excessive drinking, pill-popping and weight fluctuations take their toll.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, sexy
Plot: playboy, rise and fall, celebrity, rising to stardom, ambition, desire for fame, celebrity culture, starlet, drug addiction, posing nude, photo shoot, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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35%
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Francesco (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, factual, gloomy ...
Plot: saint, clergy, hopes, religions or cults, starting over, society, religion, historical event, monk, redemption, miraculous event, social differences ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 13th century
Place: italy, europe
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34%