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The Great Debaters (2007)
 7.5
 57K
The Great Debaters (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, inspirational, sentimental, sincere, serious, based on true events, feel good, dramatic ...
Plot: racism, teacher, debate, african american, contests and competitions, college, segregation, student, lawyer, family relations, poet, labor union, sheriff, professor, letter, radical, african american protagonist, mentor, coach, ethnic conflict, dialogue, underdog, youth, couple relations, teachers and students ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, oklahoma, new york, usa, harvard university, manhattan new york city, harlem ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and touching films with plots about mentor, storytelling, redemption, catastrophe, destiny, runaway and culture clash mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like The Great Debaters: Hidden Figures (2016), Malcolm X (1992), Antwone Fisher (2002), Freedom Writers (2007), Remember the Titans (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, factual, exciting, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, discrimination, genius, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, strong female character, stereotypes, prejudice, sexism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1962, 20th century
Place: virginia, langley virginia, usa
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 7.7
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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, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, islam, police brutality, politics, fighting the system, tragic event, racial slur, african american, self discovery, police, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, harlem, new york, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.3
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Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: psychological, touching, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, african american, therapy, redemption, graduation, family reunited, u.s. navy, navy, thanksgiving, anger, demotion, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cleveland ohio, san diego california, mexico, new jersey
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100%
Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: inspirational, rough, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, dedicated educator, teacher, high school, lifestyle change, idealism, teenage life, gang violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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100%
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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, racial tension, coach, friendship, african american, prejudice, american football, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, united states, southern usa, usa, new jersey ...
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63%
Flash of Genius (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: lawsuit, inventor, underdog, nervous breakdown, inventions and discoveries, powerful corporation, legal action, human spirit, against the odds, fighting the system, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
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100%
 7.2
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Glory Road (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Style: feel good, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, basketball, underdog, coach, racism, college, teamwork, sport team, racial slur, against the odds, contests and competitions, career ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas, united states, seattle ...
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58%
 7.2
 111K
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, serious, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, white house, u.s. president, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, birmingham alabama, nashville tennessee ...
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The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Matthew Perry is real-life inspiration Ron Clark, a passionate and innovative teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in one of Harlem's toughest schools. But to break through to this students, Clark must use unconventional methods, ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, emotional
Plot: dedicated educator, human spirit, teachers and students, teacher, new job, profanity, hardcase students, obstacle, changing lives, power relations, challenge, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994, 1990s, year 1998
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, north carolina ...
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100%
The Whole Wide World (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on her acclaimed autobiographical book, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD tells the story of Novalyne Price, an attractive feisty West Texas schoolteacher and her bittersweet, romantic and turbulent relationship with Robert E. Howard, the great pulp ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: friendship, writers, teacher, bittersweet, romance, unfulfilled love, introspection, fall in love, couples, friends, creator, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, new mexico, ireland
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49%
 7.5
 90K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, emotional, factual, touching ...
Plot: racism, baseball, rivalry, against the odds, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, racial segregation, americana, human spirit, rise to the top, hopes, african american ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1947, year 1946 ...
Place: new york, usa, cincinnati ohio, chicago illinois, missouri ...
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49%
 6.1
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Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.3
 21K
The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, contests and competitions, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, cleveland ohio, texas ...
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Mississippi Masala (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, light, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, culture clash, immigrants, romance, racism, love affair, opposites attract, fall in love, social differences, family relations, racial prejudice, family drama ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, africa, india, asia, usa ...
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44%
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Prefontaine (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: It's the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial "James Dean of Track," whose spirit captured the heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, "Pre" was a ...
Style: serious, rough, sincere, talky, factual ...
Plot: olympics, runner, sport, underdog, athlete's life, contests and competitions, human spirit, lifestyle, hopes, college, olympic gold medalist, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1960, year 1969 ...
Place: oregon, usa, montreal quebec, mexico city, finland ...
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44%
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, intense, emotional, visually appealing ...
Plot: african american, police brutality, racism, new year's eve, introspection, haunted by the past, tragic hero, encounter, couple relations, goodhearted, marijuana, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2000s, year 2007 ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, oakland california
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44%
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The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, uplifting, inspirational, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, american football, interracial relations, life, fish out of water, rising to stardom, family drama, misfit, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
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44%
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McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, exciting, uplifting, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, sport, dedicated educator, small town, mentor, track and field, sport team, contests and competitions, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
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Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A moving and uplifting drama about the effects of interracial marriage in the 1960s. Friends since childhood, and loved by both families, this couple are exiled after their wedding and have to wage a courageous battle to find their place in America ...
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, fighting the system, wedding, marriage, interracial marriage, miscegenation, society, rebellion, life is a bitch, dishonesty, opposites attract ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: virginia, usa, southern usa, washington d.c.
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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: serious, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, justice, civil rights, human spirit, racial segregation, idealism, african american, discrimination, americana, fighting the system ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1964 ...
Place: alabama, usa, birmingham alabama, boston
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Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: boxing, civil rights, muslim, athlete's life, friendship, racism, african american, comeback, politics, rise to the top, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1974 ...
Place: africa, nigeria, usa
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41%
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
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Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa
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41%
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October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: realistic, inspirational, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: follow your dream, generation gap, against the odds, teacher, small town, teenage life, mathematics, friendship, satellite, family relations, nasa, cold war ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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41%
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Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, touching, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, boxing, underdog, athlete's life, financial problem, poverty, comeback, fight scenes, training, follow your dream, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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40%
Steal This Movie (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment and inciting of violence they then blame on the Left.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: injustice, on the run, environmentalism, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, vietnam war, hidden identity, dishonesty, depression, justice, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s, year 1968
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, woodstock, manhattan new york city ...
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40%
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: This film relates the story of a tightly connected Afro-American community informally called Colored Town where the inhabitants live and depend on each other in a world where racist oppression is everywhere, as told by a boy called Cliff who spent ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, uplifting, compassionate, serious ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, interracial relations, americana, racial segregation, social differences, society, life is a bitch, youth, injustice, family life ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 1950s, 70s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Least Among You (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: racism, against the odds, rebellion, self discovery, human spirit, hopes, social relations, youth, leadership, life is a bitch, discrimination, society ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, 60s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 16K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, theft, american dream, single parent, life is a bitch, working class, teenage life, parents and children, down on your luck, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, southern california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of golf icon and legend, Bobby Jones, who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golf, rivalry, sport, rise to the top, couples, temperamental, human spirit, lifestyle, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, ambition, underdog ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s, 30s ...
Place: scotland, europe, georgia, atlanta georgia, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: gloomy, realistic, sentimental, touching, twists and turns ...
Plot: blues, drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, bittersweet, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new york ...
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38%