Movies like Billy: The Early Years

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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: christian, miraculous event, friends, clergy, religions or cults, life is a bitch, self discovery, hopes, society, lifestyle, redemption, idealism, americana, college, religion, christianity, male female relationship, church, farmer, radio, preacher, religious conversion, crisis of faith, religious leader, preaching ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: north carolina

Most similar movies to Billy: The Early Years

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and uplifting films with plots about hopes, society, religions or cults, clergy, life is a bitch, religion and christian mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Billy: The Early Years: Thérèse (2004), Luther (1974), Hell and Mr. Fudge (2012), Faustina (1994), The Vernon Johns Story (1994). 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: realistic, stylized, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: convent, saint, church, family relations, hopes, siblings relations, miraculous event, religions or cults, ambition, monastery, human spirit, obsessive quest ...
Place: france, europe
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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
Plot: politics, church, leadership, human spirit, dishonesty, fighting the system, against the odds, rebelliousness, society, religions or cults, state affairs, hopes ...
Time: 16th century, 70s
Place: germany
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85%
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, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, christian film
Plot: church, hell, religious intolerance, preacher, parents and children, religions or cults, leadership, clergy, society, parent child relationship, theology, pastor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama
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76%
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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, touching, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: convent, supernatural ability, church, religions or cults, clergy, society, hopes, family relations, faith, painting, nun, suffering ...
Time: 30s, 20s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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, captivating, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: church, racism, life is a bitch, state affairs, military, interracial relations, workplace situations, hopes, society, fighting the system, heroes, rebellion ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
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71%
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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: clergy, injustice, leadership, dishonesty, obsessive quest, society, against the odds, anti heroes, state affairs, hopes, life is a bitch, redemption ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, rome italy
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69%
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: realistic, sentimental, sincere, atmospheric, serious
Plot: evangelical christianity, faith, baby, christian, life is a bitch, adolescence vs adulthood, down on your luck, hopes, society, introspection, human spirit, humble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating
Plot: dealing with death, heroic mission, state affairs, politics, society, idealism, hopes, couple relations, couples, folk hero, head of state, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: paris france
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59%
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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: realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, righting the wronged, idealism, rebellion, fascism, rebelliousness, society, against the odds, state affairs, wartime life, hopes ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: sweden
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58%
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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: hopes, clergy, religions or cults, society, starting over, redemption, religion, historical event, monk, saint, social differences, miraculous event ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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: realistic, serious, tense, captivating
Plot: labor union, working class, idealism, rebellion, workplace, society, leadership, fighting the system, power relations, social relations, workplace situations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: tense, captivating, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: small town, deadly, small town life, dishonesty, friends, life is a bitch, crimes, mystery, interracial relations, murder, friendship, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, georgia
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50%
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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: nun, charity, tragic hero, clergy, prodigy, society, against the odds, addiction, human spirit, hopes, athlete's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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
Plot: forbidden love, clergy, rebellion, society, life is a bitch, state affairs, hopes, against humanity, holocaust, religions or cults, anti semitism, church ...
Place: poland, europe, middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: emotional, serious, uplifting, tense, realistic ...
Plot: christian, faith, religious, society, introspection, human nature, religions or cults, mysterious place, hopes, changing lives, mysterious character, group of strangers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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47%
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: captivating, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: destiny, supernatural, leadership, heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, society, reincarnation, redemption, tragic hero, clergy, religions or cults ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: singing, cross, saint, monk, religions or cults, battles, showbiz, society, obsessive quest, heroes, animal life, church ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, israel, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Apostle (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, touching, psychological ...
Plot: coma, redemption, small town, forgiveness, jealousy, minister, preacher, country, christianity, radio, sin, clergy ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: realistic, emotional, serious, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: politics, catholic church, pope, confined, against humanity, human spirit, political unrest, church, religions or cults, rebelliousness, society, forgery ...
Time: 70s, 40s, 60s, 50s, 30s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, rome italy, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: uplifting, realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: rabbi, urban ghetto, religions or cults, starting over, hopes, redemption, columnist, clergy, personal growth, faith, homeless shelter, solidarity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, leadership, dishonesty, human spirit, supernatural ability, religions or cults, betrayal, ambition, injustice, clergy, idealism, tragic hero ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: terminal illness, couples, romance, love and romance, couple relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes, introspection, young lovers, love of one's life, mathematics ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 40s, 30s, 1930s ...
Place: new mexico, new york, usa, new orleans, albuquerque new mexico
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42%
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, serious, touching
Plot: self discovery, society, innocence lost, church, clergy, siblings relations, hopes, miraculous event, religions or cults, missionary, latter day saints, mormon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Genesis Code (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A college hockey player and a female journalism student struggle to find common ground with their spiritual faith and scientific studies.
Style: realistic, semi serious, uplifting, christian film
Plot: college, society, redemption, hockey, youth, student life, love and romance, hopes, religions or cults, human spirit, college life, life support ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, bleak ...
Plot: false accusation, hopes, injustice, courtroom drama, society, crimes, legal, dishonesty, rape, african american, uncover truth, dignity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: rough, realistic, captivating, serious, christian film
Plot: leadership, heroes, religions or cults, hopes, war, escapades, adventure, society, opposites attract, missionary, japanese army, university student ...
Time: 80s
Place: india, bombay india
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, christian film
Plot: martyr, clergy, rebellion, idealism, false accusation, religions or cults, power relations, society, political corruption, fighting the system, hopes, dishonesty ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
John Wycliffe: The Morning Star (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This affecting biography chronicles the life and times of prominent European philosopher John Wycliffe, who was the first to translate the Bible into English. The 14th century, Oxford University scholar often found himself caught between opposing ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: clergy, translator, rivalry, religions or cults, society, human spirit, fighting the system, heroes, injustice, against the rules, hopes, rich and poor ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: realistic, serious
Plot: clergy, bishop, church, anti semitism, betrayal, against humanity, follow your dream, state affairs, wartime life, life is a bitch, against the rules, hopes ...
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Last Sin Eater (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In seeking her own redemption from the one man of whom she is most afraid, 10-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family problems, death in the family, redemption, family relations, social misfits, society, friendship, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, friends, immigrants ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%