Movies like The Color Purple

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The Color Purple (1985)
 7.7
 85K
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, sentimental, touching, sincere, compassionate, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: domestic violence, incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, rape, feminism, african american, slavery, life is a bitch, wife abuse, dysfunctional family, childbirth, self discovery, letter, human spirit, woman in danger, poverty, child born of rape, power relations, redemption, child molestation, child abuse, african american woman, father daughter relationship, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 18th century, 1900s
Place: africa, southern usa, usa, 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, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, parents and children, society, bittersweet, life is a bitch, mentor and destiny mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like The Color Purple: The Help (2011), Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Precious (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, hopes, civil rights, interracial relations, racial issues, social relations, racial segregation, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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: touching, serious, uplifting, sincere, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, gambling, small town, interracial relations, love, jealousy, marriage, family problems, injustice, human spirit, life is a bitch, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sentimental, captivating, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: small town, self discovery, small town life, friendship, feminism, lesbian, midlife crisis, generation gap, tomboy, american south, aging, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, false accusation, freedom, hopes, prison life, powerful ending, existentialism, life is a bitch, justice, life sentence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, year 1957 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 110K
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, rough, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, social misfits, sexual abuse, illiteracy, rape, abusive mother, fat girl, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ 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, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, teenage girl, haunted by the past, family relations, african american, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.7
 28K
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: terminal illness, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, family relations, family problems, single parent, siblings relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: cold war, family relations, friendship, family, immigrants, love and romance, self discovery, on the run, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1958, year 1965 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, czechoslovakia, austria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.8
 11K
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, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, family life, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 6K
The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, intern, family relations, power relations, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 400
Nightjohn (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Charles Burnett directs this movie about John, a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: he can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: fighting the system, slave, plantation, teaching, literacy, injustice, racism, human spirit, against the odds, idealism, americana, self discovery ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 114K
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: emotional, touching, thought provoking, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, white house, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama, south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: melancholic, touching, depressing, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, brothers, family problems, character study, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, realistic, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, hopes, aging, love, asthma, elderly, righting the wronged, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 22K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, 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: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, parents and children, injustice, unemployment, alcohol abuse, youth, family relations, irish, human nature, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.8
 21K
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: christian film, uplifting, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, christian, christianity, family relations, fatherhood, gang, law enforcement, society, hopes, religions or cults, self discovery, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: thought provoking, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, feminism, society, family problems, love, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, hopes, woman, female protagonist, abortion, poem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: erotic, sexy, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, prostitute, love, introspection, parents and children, human nature, fall in love, youth, romance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1971, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 957
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: uplifting, thought provoking, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: racism, moral dilemma, rebelliousness, parents and children, human spirit, idealism, discrimination, political unrest, family life, family problems, injustice, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: uplifting, sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: farm, great depression, small town, ku klux klan, friendship, racism, widow, redemption, bittersweet, tornado, down on your luck, family in crisis ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.5
 20K
The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: arranged marriage, childbirth, culture clash, immigrants, childhood, marriage, rebel, family life, newlyweds, acceptance, family relations, tragic event ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, india, taj mahal, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, aids, bereavement, family problems, resentment, terminal illness, human nature, dysfunctional family, introspection, family life, self discovery, homecoming ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A Family Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: biracial, family relations, interracial relations, self discovery, family problems, family life, parents and children, hopes, human nature, siblings relations, death in the family, letter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, romance, hopes, world war two, soldier, society, destiny, family relations, love affair, arranged marriage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 867
Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, captivating, emotional, tense ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, discrimination, parents and children, americana, teenage life, injustice, hopes, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 7K
Evelyn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Ireland, UK, Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sincere, touching, intense ...
Plot: unemployment, mercy, family problems, against the odds, parents and children, fighting the system, court, convent school, custody, priest, church, drunkenness ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: ireland, europe, scotland, sydney australia, dublin ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, stepmother stepson relationship, parents and children, murder, life is a bitch, family problems, haunted by the past, investigation, missing person, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, usa, vietnam, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: fall in love, life is a bitch, human nature, parents and children, friendship, social differences, interracial relations, society, working class, feminism, family life, soldier ...
Time: 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, child illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 13K
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: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, generation gap, friends, understanding, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%