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Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
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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, bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, contemplative, harsh, visually appealing, reflective ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, murder, apartheid, priest, politics, self discovery, crimes, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, society, dishonesty, introspection, city life, courtroom drama, estrangement, spring, post war, johannesburg south africa, death penalty, racial tension, post world war two, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946, 19th century
Place: south africa, africa

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Most similar movies to Cry, the Beloved Country

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and emotional films with plots about society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, racism, redemption, hopes and crimes mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Cry, the Beloved Country: Color of Justice (1997), A Dry White Season (1989), Sarafina! (1992), Class Action (1991), Timepiece (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: serious, psychological, rough, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, racism, interracial relations, crime, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, courtroom drama, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, life is a bitch, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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100%
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: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, fighting the system, society, rebellion, discrimination, injustice, crimes, lawyer, life is a bitch, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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, touching, serious, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: apartheid, racism, high school, youth, show tunes, college life, discrimination, rebellion, injustice, idealism, human spirit, interracial relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.4
 7K
Class Action (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah alienated daughter Maggie years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, father daughter conflict, parents and children, hopes, uncover truth, father daughter relationship, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, fighting the system, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 6.9
 388
Timepiece (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted the crime in self defense. All the while, ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: racism, murder, self defense, family relations, faith, false accusation, family life, dishonesty, life is a bitch, society, christmas, interracial relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, uplifting, emotional, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: prison, racism, discrimination, legal, politics, society, congress, false accusation, injustice, rebellion, righting the wronged, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 4.5
 247
Canal Street (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Chicago lawyer embraces his undying faith when his teenage son is accused of murdering a classmate.
Style: rough, suspense, captivating, exciting, thought provoking
Plot: father son relationship, society, murder, rivalry, crimes, death, vengeance, hopes, parents and children, violence, friendship, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 4.7
 396
Deadline (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadline is the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. That changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper (Steve Talley) meets an ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: uncover truth, investigation, price of justice, family relations, injustice, idealism, dishonesty, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, interracial relations, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, alabama, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 12K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, death sentence, prison, legal, anti semitism, haunted by the past, politics, crimes, legal action, power relations ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.4
 12K
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, ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, racism, police brutality, civil rights, apartheid, journalist, politics, interracial relations, idealism, journalism, murder, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1977
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.4
 5K
The Field (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: "Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing much in the name of the land. When the widow who owns the field decides to sell it in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it. While no local dare bid ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, talky, psychological ...
Plot: village, life is a bitch, human spirit, hopes, society, farmer, threat, real estate, fight, catastrophe, village life, social relations ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 70s
Place: ireland, europe, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: discrimination, boxing, friendship, society, injustice, youth, rivalry, hopes, life is a bitch, orphan, bullying, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
White Man's Burden (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a white worker in a chocolate factory, loving husband and father of two children. While ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, racism, unemployment, eviction, distopia, vengeance, social differences, society, hostage, rivalry, life is a bitch, switching roles ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.3
 3K
Chocolate (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Cameroon
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, racism, colonialism, coming of age, culture clash, youth, imperialism, discrimination, social differences, society, power relations, family relations ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, captivating, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: murder, racism, social differences, life is a bitch, introspection, society, crimes, social decay, injustice, discrimination, small town, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Red Dust (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sarah Barcant, a lawyer in New York City who grew up in South Africa, returns to her childhood dwelling place to intercede for Alex Mpondo, a Black South African politician who was tortured during apartheid.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: apartheid, politics, courtroom drama, dishonesty, rivalry, state affairs, missing person, injustice, life is a bitch, crimes, haunted by the past, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.3
 535
Uptight (1968)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Black militants building up an arsenal of weapons in preparation for a race war are betrayed by one of their own.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, rebellion, ghetto, gangsters, life is a bitch, interracial relations, state affairs, crimes, friends, racism, betrayal, politics ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.2
 193
Dust (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A South African spinster (Jane Birkin) murders her father (Trevor Howard) after he rapes the wife of the black foreman for his plantation.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: murder, strong female presence, society, workplace, sexual abuse, deadly, farm, obsession, graphic violence, parents and children, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 6K
Nuts (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, court, prostitute, self defense, hearing, mental illness, crimes, call girl, society, rebellion, injustice ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Lost in the Stars (1974)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Musical from the American Film Theatre series, based on the play Cry The Beloved Country.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: murder, prison life, courtroom drama, social differences, racism, show tunes, friendship, down on your luck, friends, custody, society, parents and children ...
Time: 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.5
 128K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, legal action, injustice, justice, small town, rape, court, revenge, legal, trial ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the 1940's South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing a a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he didn't have the sense to know what he was doing. ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, emotional, bleak, uplifting ...
Plot: politics, prison, interracial relations, racism, false accusation, convenience store, aunt, redemption, death row, urban ghetto, youth, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: family relations, interracial relations, biracial, self discovery, parents and children, family problems, family life, human nature, hopes, death in the family, siblings relations, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Shotgun Stories (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to protect ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, vengeance, sibling relationship, siblings relations, family feud, human nature, estrangement, parents and children, life is a bitch, americana, dealing with death, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: arkansas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Higher Learning (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Malik (Omar Epps) is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge (Ice Cube), a ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, resentment, college, violence, rejection, justice, politics, injustice, society, university, student life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Sky Is Gray (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Drama - From Ernest J. Gaines, author of "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," comes a deceptively simple, yet emotionally complex tale of a young boy's discovery of what it's like to be black in Louisiana during the ...
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: interracial relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, society, family relations, bittersweet, injustice, racism, toothache, segregation, poverty, african american ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.3
 257
The Runaway (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At the birth of two boys, one white and one black, a mysterious and powerful Conjure Woman (Maya Angelou) prophesies that they will start the change. Growing up as best friends in rural Georgia in the 1940s, the boys make a discovery that leads the ...
Style: captivating, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, interracial relations, mystery, society, lifestyle, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement, friendship, social relations, crimes, murder ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.9
 3K
Skin (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.
Style: touching, captivating, emotional, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: fall in love, forbidden love, self discovery, human spirit, eccentric family, family problems, couples, identity crisis, society, social differences, physical appearance, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.1
 111
Ladygrey (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Estelle fights to maintain her sense of self while sleeping with Angus for money.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, captivating, bleak
Plot: uncover truth, haunted by the past, society, under the surface, interracial relations, life is a bitch, community, social relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), mentally challenged, human skull, old man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.1
 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, contemplative, nostalgic ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, parents and children, teenage life, society, friends, family relations, interracial relations, youth, clergy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%