Movies like Cradle Will Rock

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Cradle Will Rock (1999)
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Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
Style: talky, serious, disturbing, realistic, entertaining, factual, intellectual, clever, suspense, sincere ...
Plot: artist, congress, politics, communism, injustice, racism, rich and poor, society, actor's life, celebrity culture, power relations, ventriloquist, art, depression, government, u.s. congress, greed, world politics, capitalism, manipulation, justice, adaptation, performer's life, labor union, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to Cradle Will Rock

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and thought provoking films with plots about society, mentor, catastrophe, dialogue, greed, suprisingly clever and storytelling mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Cradle Will Rock: Ragtime (1981), True Colors (1991), The Front (1976), September 11 (2002), Ironweed (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Ragtime (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.
Style: clever, controversial, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: racism, american dream, vandalism, siege, piano, pianist, racial injustice, jazz, firefighter, nudity (full frontal - brief), fighting the system, character on the edge ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century, 90s, 1930s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, dishonesty, manipulations, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey, california
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88%
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The Front (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Style: thought provoking, clever, humorous, suspense, biting ...
Plot: politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, writers, fighting the system, artists and showbiz, writer's life, society, dishonesty, actor's life, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953, 70s ...
Place: new york, europe, florence, usa, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
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September 11 (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, USA, Iran
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 11 directors show their view on the terrorist attacks on the world trade center in New York.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: terrorism, war on terror, politics, danger, state affairs, skyscraper, innocence lost, love affair, injustice, life is a bitch, deadly, 9/11 ...
Time: september 11 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, iran, middle east, europe ...
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75%
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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, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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67%
Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, sincere, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: labor union, immigrants, realism, deportation, working class, politics, society, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, janitor, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, tijuana mexico, mexico city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.0
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Bob Roberts (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate written and directed by actor Tim Robbins. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the ...
Style: witty, cynical, humorous, political comedy, talky ...
Plot: political satire, republican, election campaign, politics, assassination attempt, political campaign, senator, conservative, manipulation, journalism, society, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new york, nicaragua
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64%
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Manderlay (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, psychological, intense ...
Plot: slavery, racism, interracial relations, freedom, social differences, righting the wronged, liberal, discrimination, society, understanding, blacks and whites, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, writer's life, against the odds, female bonding, smuggling, female protagonist, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, pre world war two, 1950s ...
Place: germany, europe, london, austria, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: controversial, disturbing, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: militant, racism, interracial relations, black panther party, black panthers, revolution, politics, state affairs, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Mephisto (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Hungary, Austria
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: nazi germany, ambition, actor's life, treason, career, pact with the devil, german, politics, downfall, state affairs, rise and fall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, hamburg germany, paris france
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52%
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Medium Cool (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: John Cassellis is the toughtest TV-news-reporter around. He becomes an expert in reporting about violence in the ghetto and racial tensions. But he discovers that his network helps the FBI by letting them look at his tapes to find suspects. When he ...
Style: cynical, disturbing, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: politics, journalism, nudity (full frontal - brief), hippie, vandalism, vietnam war, culture clash, urban ghetto, state affairs, media, society, fighting the system ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois, west virginia, usa, washington d.c., illinois ...
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Dirty Pictures (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Style: disturbing, captivating, contemplative, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: lawsuit, politics, jury, courtroom, museum, courtroom drama, against the rules, fighting the system, society, rebellion, perversion, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990, 80s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
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The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, courtroom, character study, fighting the system, legal action, self esteem, injustice, coma, introspection, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa, new york
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Urbania (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who's dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: urban legend, gay, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, couples, gender, crimes, urban, city life, gay bashing, vengeance, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Interview (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist is forced to interview America's most popular soap actress.
Style: psychological, disturbing, melancholic, talky, stylized ...
Plot: actress, journalism, loser, videotaping, interview, deal, lie, betrayal, strong female character, diary, paparazzi, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa, former yugoslavia, europe, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: sentimental, melancholic, intellectual, stylized, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, buddies, human nature, storytelling, secret, reporter, alone in the world, character study, eccentricity, bum ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, north carolina, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Great Expectations (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Great Expectations" is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage into manhood, and the three individuals who will undeniably change his life forever. Through the ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, romantic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: childhood, artist, destiny, romance, fall in love, understanding, inheritance, stranger, painting, social differences, art, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 80s, 19th century ...
Place: florida, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, social decay, down on your luck, reward, crimes, depression, suicidal, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, chicago illinois, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Sunset Limited (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy, this searing two-character drama mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New ...
Style: intellectual, thought provoking, bleak, psychological, talky ...
Plot: one on one, atheism, suicidal, belief, suffering, society, african american, psychology, christianity, suicide attempt, question, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Harlan County War (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: against the odds, price of justice, rebellion, fighting the system, racism, human nature, working class, human spirit, society, legal, life is a bitch, ambition ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, new york, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Network (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.
Style: cynical, talky, witty, realistic, satirical ...
Plot: satire, older man younger woman, media satire, corruption, workaholic, tv show, racial slur, adultery, dark humor, workplace situations, success, anchor ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gang, crime, crimes, bittersweet, prison life, human spirit, wrongfully committed, murder, false accusation, urban, profanity, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the 1920s, the rights of American workers to join a labor union was still considered an open question, and African-Americans were routinely denied their civil and economic rights. 10,000 Black Men Named George, the title, refers to the fact ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, tense, contemplative ...
Plot: interracial relations, labor union, injustice, rise to the top, ambition, fighting the system, rebellion, society, social decay, discrimination, racism, price of justice ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, society, crimes, social decay, introspection, discrimination, life is a bitch, injustice, small town, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
Style: clever, disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, society, legal, dishonesty, media, politics, rivalry, rebellion, hotshot lawyer, dedicated lawyer, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.
Style: rough, bleak, social, tense, social realism ...
Plot: prostitute, union, fight, working class, society, crime, crimes, pregnancy, labor union, transvestism, transsexual, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a ...
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, political ...
Plot: injustice, sadism, discrimination, destructive relationship, society, loss of family member, village, witnessing a crime, tragic hero, journalist, conspiracy, stoning ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, serious ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, slave, slavery, human nature, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, bittersweet, family problems, friends, injustice, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%