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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: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: christian, clergy, redemption, americana, religions or cults, society, idealism, self discovery, miraculous event, hopes, life is a bitch, lifestyle, friends, religious leader, door to door salesman, preaching, religious differences, crisis of faith, born again christian, doubt, religious conversion, sermon, religion, christianity, farmer ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: north carolina

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and uplifting films with plots about society, hopes, life is a bitch, religions or cults, clergy, state affairs and human spirit mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Billy: The Early Years: Thérèse (2004), Luther (1974), The Vernon Johns Story (1994), Faustina (1994), Peter and Paul (1981). 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: serious, realistic, emotional, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: saint, convent, clergy, human spirit, miraculous event, monastery, religions or cults, church, hopes, society, family relations, obsessive quest ...
Place: europe, france
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95%
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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: talky, serious, realistic
Plot: church, politics, clergy, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, religions or cults, injustice, righting the wronged, fighting the system, against the odds, hopes ...
Time: 16th century, 70s
Place: germany
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80%
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: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: church, racism, interracial relations, society, life is a bitch, clergy, workplace situations, injustice, fighting the system, heroes, hopes, military ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: convent, supernatural ability, church, religions or cults, clergy, hopes, society, family relations, religion, suffering, mercy, nun ...
Time: 20s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: serious, captivating, realistic, uplifting
Plot: human spirit, idealism, politics, state affairs, folk hero, head of state, dealing with death, couple relations, heroic mission, hopes, society, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: paris france
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73%
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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: epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: leadership, obsessive quest, christian, roman empire, religions or cults, hopes, society, state affairs, anti heroes, clergy, redemption, injustice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, rome italy, israel
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Cesar Chavez (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
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: captivating, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: labor union, working class, hopes, society, workplace, power relations, social relations, fighting the system, leadership, idealism, boss and employee, workplace situations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Last Sentence (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Renowned journalist Torgny Segerstedt declares war against Hitler as he criticizes Swedish politicians who tried to look away from the tyranny of the Nazis with the good excuse of “neutralism”. His only weapon is his pen and his life is full of ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, uplifting ...
Plot: idealism, wartime life, fascism, fighting the system, against the odds, hopes, love and romance, rebellion, state affairs, life is a bitch, journalism, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: rabbi, clergy, redemption, hopes, urban ghetto, starting over, religions or cults, columnist, personal growth, poverty, friendship, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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59%
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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: serious, realistic
Plot: charity, nun, athlete's life, clergy, prodigy, follow your dream, human spirit, addiction, religions or cults, against the odds, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, uplifting, christian film
Plot: church, hell, religious intolerance, preacher, clergy, religions or cults, parent child relationship, society, leadership, parents and children, death of father, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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John Hus (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: A faithful recounting of the ministry, trial and martyrdom of the fifteenth century Bohemian priest John Hus, who built on the reforms of John Wycliffe, taught the Bible in the vernacular and who influenced Martin Luther a century later.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: martyr, clergy, idealism, christian, political corruption, religions or cults, fighting the system, hopes, rebellion, society, power relations, false accusation ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Francis of Assisi (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of a lusty, fighting young adventurer who exchanged his sword for a cross
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: singing, cross, monk, church, clergy, religions or cults, society, obsessive quest, heroic mission, showbiz, animal life, battles ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, israel, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The files that escaped the shredder have become an incredible motion picture. From the Kennedys to Martin Luther King. From cab drivers to Congressmen. From housewives to hostesses. He had something on 58 million people. It was all in his files. Now ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: government agency, head of state, president, ambition, dishonesty, law enforcement, society, state affairs, gangsters, gays and lesbians, social decay, politics ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: serious, realistic
Plot: clergy, leadership, human spirit, anti semitism, church, holocaust, religions or cults, fighting the system, politics, society, state affairs, forbidden love ...
Place: europe, israel, middle east, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating
Plot: tragic hero, redemption, legends and myths, miraculous event, religions or cults, heroes, hopes, society, clergy, leadership, destiny, reincarnation ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: clergy, church, anti semitism, bishop, against the rules, follow your dream, leadership, human spirit, rebelliousness, holocaust, wartime life, religions or cults ...
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental
Plot: baby, faith, christian, evangelical christianity, introspection, redemption, wife husband relationship, self discovery, religions or cults, hopes, human spirit, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
From a Far Country (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, UK, Poland
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The film is a biography of Pope John Paul II. It starts in 1926 when the boy Karol Wojtila was celebrating Christmas with his father in Poland. Some years later Nazi Germany attacks Poland and invades the country while Wojtila seeks refuge at the ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: pope, catholic church, politics, clergy, human spirit, idealism, church, rebelliousness, anti semitism, genocide, holocaust, political unrest ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: poland, europe, germany, rome italy, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: clergy, redemption, miraculous event, religions or cults, hopes, starting over, social differences, society, monk, religion, historical event, male nudity ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: This is the story of actress Frances Farmer, her struggles with mental illness and involuntary confinement in an insane asylum.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, captivating
Plot: mental illness, actor's life, mentally unstable, mental patient, performer's life, writer's life, addiction, child illness, drug abuse, terminal illness, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Beyond the Next Mountain (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of how the Gospel of John changed the course of history for a tribe of headhunters.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, christian film
Plot: religions or cults, society, adventure, war, leadership, opposites attract, escapades, heroes, hopes, religion, christianity, christian ...
Time: 80s
Place: india, bombay india
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Runaway (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At the birth of two boys, one white and one black, a mysterious and powerful Conjure Woman (Maya Angelou) prophesies that they will start the change. Growing up as best friends in rural Georgia in the 1940s, the boys make a discovery that leads the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: small town, interracial relations, murder, mystery, police investigation, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, society, friendship, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Infinity (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Story of the early life of genius and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: tuberculosis, mathematics, terminal illness, romance, young lovers, hopes, atomic bomb, wedding, love of one's life, love and romance, college, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: new mexico, new york, usa, new orleans, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting
Plot: human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, fighting the system, hopes, legal, rebellion, society, legal action, social differences, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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40%
The Encounter (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When five strangers with nothing in common come together at a remote roadside eatery, they place their orders with the diner's omniscient owner, who seems to know everything about them ... and is eerily reminiscent of Jesus Christ.
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, emotional, tense ...
Plot: flashback, faith, christian, mysterious character, introspection, redemption, religions or cults, hopes, human nature, human spirit, self discovery, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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39%
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: epic, serious, atmospheric, based on the bible
Plot: christian, clergy, last supper, jesus christ, bible, god, supernatural ability, tragic hero, betrayal, leadership, redemption, legends and myths ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Muhammad Ali’s historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the ...
Style: serious, captivating, talky, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: vietnam war, idealism, interracial relations, courtroom, justice, courtroom drama, injustice, fighting the system, hopes, legal, rebellion, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1971
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating
Plot: bible quote, tap dancing, racism, dancer's life, ambition, vigilante, alcoholic, small town, performer's life, obsessive quest, human spirit, redemption ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: "Entertaining Angels" is an interesting title for this movie about the 1920's and 30's social activist, Dorothy Day, for it can be regarded that what this woman did, sometimes single-handedly, always controversially, in her fight ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, uplifting
Plot: clergy, downfall, urban ghetto, rise and fall, rise to the top, idealism, self discovery, rich and poor, discrimination, social decay, urban ghetto life, religions or cults ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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