Movies like Catch a Fire

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Catch a Fire (2006)
Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an attempt to bomb the plant, with the injustice transforming the apolitical worker into a radicalised insurgent, who then carries out his own successful sabotage mission.
Style: tense, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, factual, harsh, emotional, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, terrorism, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, injustice, social problems, discrimination, danger, blacks and whites, false accusation, soccer, coach, police investigation, ethnic conflict, visceral, unlikely friendships, mother son relationship, idealism, life is a bitch, totalitarianism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980, year 1991
Place: south africa, africa

Most similar movies to Catch a Fire

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and dramatic films with plots about society, politics, idealism, injustice, life is a bitch, state affairs and justice mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Catch a Fire: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Selma (2014), Cry Freedom (1987), Munich (2005), A Dry White Season (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: prison, prison life, racism, oppression, apartheid, discrimination, human spirit, idealism, rebellion, blacks and whites, social problems, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1950s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
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Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, discrimination, americana, fighting the system, society, injustice, rebellion ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa
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Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: serious, bleak, captivating, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, racism, civil rights, police brutality, journalist, apartheid, politics, idealism, journalism, murder, liberal, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, england
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Munich (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, politics, terrorism, secret agents, murder, vengeance, assassination, jewish, revenge, morality, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
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A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, serious, rough ...
Plot: racism, society, fighting the system, legal, injustice, rebellion, discrimination, crimes, interracial relations, lawyer, state affairs, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
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The Bang Bang Club (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the early to mid '90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva - bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, rough
Plot: newspaper, media, photojournalist, photographer, apartheid, state affairs, life is a bitch, interracial relations, racism, revolution, civil war, journalism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1994, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
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Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: captivating, factual, inspirational, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: feminism, fighting the system, rebellion, women, rebelliousness, working class, gender, politics, adoption, prejudice, idealism, workplace ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland ...
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Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, civil rights movement, tragic event, racial slur, african american, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 40s, 50s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, blacks and whites, historical character, sport team, society ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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A World Apart (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Zimbabwe
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her father disappears one night, barely evading arrest, and, ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: political unrest, injustice, mother daughter relationship, apartheid, social relations, missing person, racism, dishonesty, fighting the system, family problems, youth, idealism ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: south africa, africa
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The Color of Freedom (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, France, Belgium, South Africa, Italy, UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.
Style: serious, clever, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: prison life, racism, apartheid, politics, hopes, human spirit, life is a bitch, interracial relations, state affairs, social problems, political unrest, leadership ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
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Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine both received Emmy nominations for their performances in this made-for-TV movie. The plot follows Nelson Mandela's 27-year struggle to end apartheid.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: racism, prison, discrimination, political unrest, head of state, congress, injustice, society, rebellion, fighting the system, politics, against humanity ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s
Place: south africa, africa
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Endgame (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward ...
Style: epic, thought provoking, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apartheid, bomb, leadership, political unrest, folk hero, society, rebellion, siege, revolution, idealism, danger, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: south africa, england, africa, europe, cape town south africa
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Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, civil rights, butler, racism, injustice, u.s. president, blacks and whites, prejudice, president, racial slur, slavery, master and servant ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s, 60s, 80s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
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Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, protest, freedom, muslim, idealism, political unrest, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, assassination, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: india, england, asia, europe, new delhi ...
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Che! (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that government and Castro's taking over of Cuba. The ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, realistic, factual ...
Plot: revolution, chaos, folk hero, leadership, political unrest, idealism, rebellion, society, injustice, rebelliousness, military, hopes ...
Time: 20th century
Place: cuba, bolivia, latin america, havana cuba
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: genocide, racism, atrocity, cruelty, against humanity, war crime, hotel, blacks and whites, violence, death, murder, corpse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, somalia, congo
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Czech Republic
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the political turmoil in the period from 1967 to the bloody "Deutschen Herbst" in 1977. The movie approaches the events based on Stefan Aust's standard work on Die Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). The ...
Style: intellectual, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, revolution, robbery, anti war, political unrest, journalist, judge, trial, police brutality, german, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1974, year 1977 ...
Place: germany, europe, cyprus, lithuania, dubai ...
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, heartbreaking, factual ...
Plot: slavery, racism, life is a bitch, freedom, civil rights, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, racial slur, confined, rape, human trafficking ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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Danton (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Danton and Robespierre were close friends and fought together in the French Revolution, but by 1793 Robespierre was France's ruler, determined to wipe out opposition with a series of mass executions that became known as the Reign of Terror. ...
Style: talky, epic, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, political unrest, politics, french revolution, idealism, death row, intrigue, military, rise and fall, society, rebellion, polish ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1790s, 1930s
Place: france, poland, europe, paris france, spain ...
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, against humanity, atrocity, politics, corruption, torture, blacks and whites, head of state, attempted murder, assistant, genocide ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
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The Inner Circle (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Soviet Union, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, thought provoking, bleak
Plot: kgb, josef stalin, politics, head of state, political unrest, injustice, state affairs, world war two, dictatorship, love, projectionist, stalinism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 30s, 40s, 1930s ...
Place: russia
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Panther (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: black panthers, militant, racism, revolution, politics, interracial relations, fighting the system, dishonesty, law enforcement, political unrest, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
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Rosewood (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, racism, murder, false accusation, hanging, massacre, politics, danger, social relations, blacks and whites, small town life, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: florida, usa, california, south africa
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Bopha! (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In this story of a black policeman during South African apartheid, Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist government. When his son gets involved in the anti-apartheid ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting
Plot: racism, fighting the system, family problems, discrimination, injustice, rebelliousness, moral dilemma, rebellion, society, political unrest, family life, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa
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Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: realistic, bleak, captivating, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: civil rights, irish, politics, ira, human spirit, civil action, social activist, social problems, conflict, forced into action, law enforcer killer, protest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
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Some Mother's Son (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: bleak, captivating, uplifting, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: politics, prison, betrayal, terrorism, struggle, strike, human spirit, tragic hero, power relations, family relations, legal, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, england
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Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, politics, politician, civil rights, homosexual, election, protest, mayor, homosexuality, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1977, year 1975 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, wisconsin ...
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The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 155 min.
Story: The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a 2002 Indian historical biographical film about Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter who fought for Indian independence.It shows in detail how Singh came to develop his views on the British Raj and his struggle for Indian ...
Style: realistic, tense, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: police brutality, patriotism, massacre, deadly, social decay, fighting the system, terrorism, revolution, atrocity, idealism, danger, arranged marriage ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: asia, india
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Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: war, military, murder, australian, military life, anti war, soldier, politics, injustice, legal, false accusation, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century
Place: south africa, australia, africa, south australia, england
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