Movies like The Help

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The Help (2011)
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
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 struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, stylized, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, master and servant, friendship, maid, discrimination, hopes, against the rules, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation, racial issues, storytelling, justice, prejudice, life is a bitch, blacks and whites, young woman, small town, unlikely friendships, human spirit, adaptation, writers, family, domestic violence, power relations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa

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Most similar movies to The Help

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, serious and emotional films with plots about redemption, society, mentor, catastrophe, destiny, racism and hopes mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like The Help: Hidden Figures (2016), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), The Color Purple (1985), Driving Miss Daisy (1989). 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: factual, touching, inspirational, light, sincere ...
Plot: mathematics, discrimination, nasa, racism, scientist, space program, prejudice, african american woman, ends with biographical notes, friendship between women, strong female character, single mother ...
Time: 1960s, year 1961
Place: langley virginia, virginia
⇓ 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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, coming of age, haunted by the past, small town, domestic violence, civil rights, african american, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Lee Daniels' 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: touching, serious, thought provoking, uplifting, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, butler, racism, civil rights, injustice, prejudice, master and servant, americana, blacks and whites, parents and children, president, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: incest, domestic violence, sexual abuse, feminism, rape, letter, slavery, african american, adoption, self discovery, reunion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, tennessee, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: elderly, master and servant, civil rights, golden years, friendship, widow, car accident, chauffeur, jewish, self discovery, boss and employee, aging ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Long Walk Home (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, racism, bus, human spirit, hopes, society, couples, power relations, life is a bitch, friends, segregation, master and servant ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, survival, criminal heroes, hopes, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: bleak, disturbing, emotional, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, survival, rape, civil rights, racial slur ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An unemployed construction worker (Homer Smith) heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior ...
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: desert, nun, chapel, construction worker, convent, clergy, friendship, odd couple, racism, homelessness, human spirit, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
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Gran Torino (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, intense, touching ...
Plot: gang, interracial relations, friendship, elderly, veteran, gunfight, teenager, neighbor, priest, redemption, racism, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Sudie and Simpson (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A television movie about the friendship that develops between a young white girl and an older black man in a racist, rural Georgia town during the 1940s.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, small town, false accusation, racism, interracial relations, discrimination, coming of age, society, youth, life is a bitch, friends, opposites attract ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, disability, teaching the ways of the world, mentor, ex military, change of heart, thanksgiving, blindness, student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 11K
Desert Flower (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Austria, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The autobiography of a Somalian nomad who was sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: supermodel, feminism, fashion, fighting the system, life is a bitch, un, rising to stardom, wilderness, human spirit, idealism, introspection, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: somalia, africa, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In ...
Style: epic, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: racism, slavery, discrimination, injustice, human spirit, idealism, plantation, redemption, social differences, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 20th century, 1860s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: muslim, false accusation, mental illness, prejudice, true love, hopes, racism, optimism, fall in love, journey, autism, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: emotional, captivating, feel good, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, friendship, small town, couple relations, small town life, lesbian, tomboy, cafe, bee, midlife crisis, domestic violence, friends ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, southern usa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 99K
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, emotional, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, social misfits, dysfunctional family, parents and children, physical appearance, abusive mother, school, aids, sexual abuse, fear ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 2K
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, serious, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: colonialism, interracial relations, racism, culture clash, jazz, coming of age, social differences, sexual tension, discrimination, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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: realistic, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: farm, racism, friendship, small town, widow, human spirit, redemption, great depression, war veteran, kidnapping, family farm, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: discrimination, racism, single parent, follow your dream, store, couple relations, interracial relations, parents and children, rich and poor, social differences, americana, injustice ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, serious, realistic, uplifting, dramatic ...
Plot: racism, small town, racial segregation, african american, discrimination, americana, coming of age, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, small town life, injustice, segregation ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 11K
Black or White (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: custody battle, interracial relations, drugs/alcohol, custody, widower, rivalry, society, family in crisis, racism, legal, family problems, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.7
 9K
The Cure (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: best friends, friendship, terminal illness, aids, coming of age, loss of son, young heroes, parents and children, hopes, youth, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 9K
Norma Rae (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: small town, labor union, fighting the system, union, labor, working class, factory, single mother, against the odds, whistleblower, factory worker, feminism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Finding Forrester (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Gus van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: mentor, friendship, dedicated educator, prodigy, private school, plagiarism, basketball, prejudice, writer's life, high school, literature, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, scotland, usa, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.7
 808
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: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, fighting the system, politics, americana, rebellion, society, state affairs, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 11K
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, realistic, touching, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, bullying, friendship, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, family life, child, self discovery, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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, serious, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: slave, slavery, americana, family life, racial segregation, crumbling marriage, friendship, interracial relations, parents and children, social differences, custody, death in the family ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, idealism, parents and children, urban, hopes, society, family relations, teachers and students, rebellion, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.7
 204K
Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, gay, lawyer, lawsuit, judiciary, prejudice, terminal illness, court, discrimination, human spirit, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%