Movies like The Color Purple

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The Color Purple (1985)
 7.8
 69K
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: emotional, uplifting, touching, sentimental, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: incest, domestic violence, sexual abuse, feminism, rape, letter, slavery, african american, adoption, self discovery, reunion, life is a bitch, mistress, redemption, poverty, singer, underdog, crumbling marriage, prison, jazz, empowerment, violent husband, jazz musician, sibling relationship, black people ...
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 emotional, realistic, serious and touching films with plots about storytelling, mentor, runaway, catastrophe, destiny, family relations and life philosophy 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), For Colored Girls (2010), 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: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: master and servant, friendship, racism, maid, discrimination, against the rules, hopes, prejudice, exploitation, racial issues, storytelling, justice ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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, captivating, feel good, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, friendship, small town, couple relations, small town life, lesbian, bee, midlife crisis, domestic violence, friends, feminism, generation gap ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, southern usa, 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: friendship, coming of age, racism, haunted by the past, small town, domestic violence, civil rights, african american, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: emotional, serious, offbeat, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: domestic violence, feminism, rape, love, poem, abortion, down on your luck, urban, gender, unfulfillment, family problems, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, irish, coming of age, human nature, parents and children, prejudice, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 98K
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: bleak, emotional, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, social misfits, dysfunctional family, parents and children, physical appearance, abusive mother, school, aids, sexual abuse, fear ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, corporal punishment, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.0
 427K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, road movie, sincere ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, redemption, road trip, greed, on the road, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, character study, unlikely friendships, yuppie ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, texas, usa, missouri, cincinnati ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: emotional, sentimental, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: racism, grief, human nature, self discovery, dysfunctional family, friendship, parents and children, family in crisis, haunted by the past, coming of age, youth, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, touching, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, kidnapping, missing child, missing person, boy, parents and children, coming of age, family life, crimes, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, sincere, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, racism, bus, human spirit, hopes, society, couples, power relations, life is a bitch, friends, segregation, master and servant ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: realistic, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: farm, racism, friendship, small town, widow, human spirit, redemption, great depression, kidnapping, war veteran, family farm, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, serious, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: slave, slavery, americana, family life, racial segregation, crumbling marriage, friendship, interracial relations, parents and children, social differences, custody, death in the family ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 7K
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, gloomy, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, social misfits, couple relations, mental illness, parents and children, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 69K
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, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, suicide attempt, depression, troubled teen, social worker, abuse, workplace romance, adolescence, mentor, haunted by the past, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, drugs/alcohol, single parent, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, rehabilitation, human nature, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, atlanta georgia, alabama, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, teenager, incest rape, strong sexual content, innocence lost, parents and children, small town, siblings relations, family in crisis, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ 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, emotional, serious, epic, realistic ...
Plot: white house, butler, civil rights, president, racism, injustice, slavery, prejudice, protest, drinking problem, african american, marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, chinese american, chinese, family, chess, architect, friendship, feminism, human nature, self discovery, immigrants, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, asia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 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: emotional, uplifting, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, father, introspection, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, redemption, religions or cults, family life, hopes, partners, family relations, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ 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: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, all black cast, tavern, superstition, menstruation, aunt niece relationship, curse, small town, incest, murder, prophecy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, realistic, touching, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, bullying, friendship, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, family life, child, self discovery, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 11K
Radio Flyer (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: physical abuse, abuse, parents and children, siblings relations, life is a bitch, youth, couples, family relations, couple relations, childhood, alcohol abuse, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: california, cross country, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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, parents and children, supernatural, hopes, love and romance, society, couples, family relations, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1860s
Place: kentucky, ohio, colorado, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, touching, uplifting
Plot: drugs/alcohol, aging, parents and children, dysfunctional family, estrangement, righting the wronged, hopes, family problems, family relations, unsupportive spouse, couple relations, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, talky, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, betrayal, family, tragedy, lawsuit, infidelity, parents and children, dishonesty, vengeance, legal, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, prison, friendship, redemption, church, self discovery, false accusation, couples, social relations, friends, going straight, starting over ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, new england, ohio, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 752
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, family life, moral dilemma, parents and children, discrimination, injustice, life is a bitch, society, fighting the system, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, self discovery, small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, family problems, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, inspirational, sweet, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, college, dedicated educator, gender, society, fighting the system, college life, friendship, friendship between women, stereotypes, women ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%