Movies like Cry Freedom

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Cry Freedom (1987)
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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, a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist.
Style: thought provoking, tense, bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, suspense, based on true events, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: friendship, racism, police brutality, civil rights, journalist, apartheid, politics, interracial relations, idealism, journalism, murder, crimes, friends, injustice, life is a bitch, human spirit, hopes, discrimination, society, dishonesty, liberal, state affairs, uncover truth, friendship between men, male friendship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1977
Place: south africa, africa, england

Most similar movies to Cry Freedom

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and thought provoking films with plots about society, politics, racism, justice, hopes, idealism and runaway mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Cry Freedom: Malcolm X (1992), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Gandhi (1982), Catch a Fire (2006), The Color of Freedom (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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, emotional, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, fighting the system, racial slur, african american, tragic event, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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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, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, marital problem, social problems, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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67%
 8.0
 215K
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: realistic, emotional, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, freedom, idealism, protest, muslim, religious intolerance, political unrest, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, assassination ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, asia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.7
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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 ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, danger, blacks and whites, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, realistic, uplifting, touching, sincere ...
Plot: racism, prison life, interracial relations, apartheid, self discovery, human spirit, leadership, fighting the system, rebellion, friendship, rebelliousness, political unrest ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: emotional, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, fighting the system, society, crimes, rebellion, discrimination, injustice, lawyer, profanity, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, rough, based on true events
Plot: photojournalist, media, photographer, newspaper, journalism, society, life risking, state affairs, danger, life is a bitch, political unrest, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.5
 84K
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, justice, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, african american, americana, discrimination, fighting the system, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1963 ...
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 7.3
 148K
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: touching, uplifting, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, president, rugby, historical character, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, idealism, blacks and whites, championship, sport team ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.6
 90K
The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, touching, factual, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: prison, boxing, freedom, prison life, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Best of Enemies (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of the real-life unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1971 North Carolina.
Style: rough, psychological, sincere, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: interracial friendship, civil rights, human spirit, interracial relations, activism, righting the wronged, human rights, aggression, court, danger, ku klux klan, segregation ...
Time: 70s, year 2016, year 2005, year 1971
Place: north carolina, usa
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100%
 7.8
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Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, freedom, war, slavery, battles, racism, prejudice, battle, military life, african american, camp, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, south carolina, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.2
 3K
Endgame (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa
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: tense, captivating, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bomb, politics, hopes, rebellion, danger, political unrest, wartime life, revolution, siege, unlikely partners, fighting the system, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, england, africa, europe, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.0
 755
Winnie Mandela (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Africa, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: ambition, confined, state affairs, politics, hopes, society, political unrest, isolation, feminism, blind ambition, gender, pursuit ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: heartbreaking, factual, motivational, bleak, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, civil rights, blacks and whites, african american, confined, rape ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: sincere, emotional, disturbing, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: racism, prison, discrimination, against humanity, fighting the system, congress, injustice, righting the wronged, false accusation, political unrest, hopes, rebellion ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, football, coach, sport team, friendship, african american, prejudice, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds, american football ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, united states, usa, southern usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: rough, disturbing, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, war, vietnam war, photographer, friendship, anti war, human spirit, rebelliousness, wartime life, life is a bitch, media ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, new york, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.8
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Becket (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas ...
Style: epic, tense, talky, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: bishop, friendship, betrayal, politics, archbishop, society, introspection, royal family, church, religions or cults, friends, rise and fall ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, london, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A South-African preacher goes to search for his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city.
Style: thought provoking, touching, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, murder, priest, apartheid, politics, self discovery, courtroom drama, parents and children, city life, introspection, estrangement ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946, 19th century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: realistic, serious, tense, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, injustice, political unrest, interracial relations, pursuit, johannesburg south africa, mother daughter relationship, apartheid, fighting the system, rebellion, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 70K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed ...
Style: touching, emotional, political, serious, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1840s, 1830s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, boston, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Power of One (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: PK, an English orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: discrimination, boxing, friendship, society, injustice, orphan, youth, rivalry, life is a bitch, hopes, bullying, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, political thriller, white house, cover up, wiretap ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 2K
Sarafina! (1992)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: South Africa, UK, France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The stage version presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: apartheid, racism, high school, show tunes, hopes, teachers and students, society, rebelliousness, state affairs, youth, college, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, serious, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal, widow, activist, life is a bitch, injustice, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty, jury, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 896
Zuzu Angel (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil
Duration: 108 min.
Story: "Zuzu Angel" covers the last years of the famous Brazilian fashion designer in her doomed quest for justice in the case of her activist son Stuart's arrest, torture, murder and subsequent corpse disposal by the military forces in ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: fighting the system, missing person, uncover truth, injustice, political intrigue, political unrest, price of justice, parents and children, life is a bitch, society, politics, rebellion ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
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Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: tense, suspense, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, liberal, state affairs, media, life is a bitch, dictatorship, war correspondent, war, confession booth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
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Bobby (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, captivating, intense, light, melancholic ...
Plot: politics, hotel, senator, corruption, racial slur, reporter, state affairs, power relations, dishonesty, assassination, anti war, political unrest ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Amazing Grace (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of William Wilberforce's courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Although meeting intense opposition, his minister, John Newton, urges him to see the cause through.
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, serious, factual ...
Plot: slavery, politics, mentor, friendship, civil rights, injustice, politician, musician, debate, slave trade, freedom, master and servant ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian, 1800s, 1790s ...
Place: england, london, paris france, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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