Movies like The Color Purple

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The Color Purple (1985)
 7.8
 71K
The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker.
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, gloomy, serious, realistic, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: incest, domestic violence, sexual abuse, feminism, rape, slavery, letter, african american, mistress, self discovery, singer, poverty, reunion, adoption, life is a bitch, redemption, prejudice, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, injustice, love and romance, human spirit, temptation, hopes ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 18th century
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, georgia, tennessee

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Most similar movies to The Color Purple

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, serious and touching films with plots about family relations, parents and children, mentor, life is a bitch, runaway, catastrophe and storytelling mostly in Drama, History and Horror genres. Some movies like The Color Purple: The Help (2011), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Precious (2009), Angela's Ashes (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: uplifting, touching, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, master and servant, maid, discrimination, storytelling, social relations, hopes, interracial relations, against the rules, exploitation, racial issues ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: emotional, feel good, captivating, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: small town, self discovery, friendship, lesbian, small town life, couple relations, midlife crisis, generation gap, domestic violence, cafe, bee, tomboy ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, coming of age, friendship, african american, haunted by the past, domestic violence, civil rights, teenage life, small town, solace, social relations, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 99K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: emotional, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, dysfunctional family, social misfits, fear, aids, physical appearance, parents and children, sexual abuse, teacher, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, disturbing ...
Plot: poverty, unemployment, irish, life is a bitch, prejudice, teacher, ira, coming of age, youth, injustice, alcohol abuse, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, usa, europe, new york, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
For Colored Girls (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in ...
Style: gloomy, offbeat, sincere, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: domestic violence, feminism, abortion, poem, love, rape, poet, racism, dysfunctional family, exploit, family problems, gender ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Clara's Heart (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: racism, grief, dysfunctional family, friends, youth, self discovery, human nature, family problems, couples, haunted by the past, couple relations, master and servant ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.
Style: sincere, serious, uplifting, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, small town, love, gambling, marriage, fight, argument, jealousy, love and romance, urban ghetto life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing person, kidnapping, missing child, family life, parents and children, family relations, crimes, police detective, family problems, mother son reunion, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, alcohol abuse, couple relations, mental illness, human nature, parents and children, rich and poor, life is a bitch, best friends, buddies, twists & turns, terminal illness ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Long Walk Home (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, friendship, bus, segregation, master and servant, couple relations, power relations, couples, human spirit, society, injustice, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 9K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, teenager, family problems, teenage life, parents and children, innocence lost, siblings relations, family relations, life is a bitch, small town ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 1K
Shadrach (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: slave, slavery, human nature, social differences, family life, death in the family, americana, injustice, working class, racism, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Places in the Heart (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: farm, small town, friendship, racism, widow, redemption, family in crisis, down on your luck, hopes, family relations, dealing with death, love and romance ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 23K
Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transplant, reunion, terminal illness, estrangement, leukemia, single parent, family problems, siblings relations, family relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, butler, racism, civil rights, injustice, prejudice, president, blacks and whites, historical character, parents and children, master and servant, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, touching
Plot: elderly, couple relations, hopes, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, unsupportive spouse, parents and children, family relations, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 766
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: realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, serious
Plot: racism, political unrest, fighting the system, family problems, human spirit, family life, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations, discrimination, idealism, rebelliousness ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 10K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, self discovery, couple relations, family life, child birth, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, incest, prophecy, small town, murder, curse, aunt niece relationship, all black cast, superstition, tavern, menstruation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 17K
Courageous (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, father, redemption, introspection, friendship, self discovery, honest law enforcer, hopes, friends, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.0
 72K
Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, depression, foster child, troubled teen, suicide attempt, social worker, adolescence, haunted by the past, human relationship, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, drugs/alcohol, single parent, youth, drug abuse, working class, americana, alcohol abuse, human nature, society, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, alabama, atlanta georgia, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 5.9
 7K
Beloved (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...
Style: psychological, serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: ghost, murder, reincarnation, supernatural, love and romance, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, family relations, racism, haunted by the past, single parent ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1860s
Place: kentucky, ohio, colorado, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: gloomy, touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: aids, gay brother, bereavement, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, hopes, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, family relations, tragic hero, terminal illness, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 11K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, bullying, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, life is a bitch, parents and children, family life, generation gap, family problems, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
Style: captivating, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, bishop, prison, sexual abuse, juvenile delinquency, prostitute, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, family problems, going straight, youth, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, architect, chess, chinese american, chinese, friendship, immigrants, family, feminism, generation gap, haunted by the past, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.1
 312
Black Girl (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer and her wicked sister's resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.
Style: sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, society, hopes, parents and children, siblings relations, family problems, couples, injustice, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, against the odds, survival, life is a bitch, couple relations, couples, parents and children, hopes, down on your luck, crumbling marriage, family relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%