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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, captivating, emotional, inspirational, serious, realistic, stylized, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: master and servant, friendship, maid, racism, discrimination, against the rules, prejudice, justice, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation, power relations, society, racial issues, small town, human spirit, young woman, righting the wronged, life is a bitch, domestic violence, blacks and whites, unlikely friendships, adaptation, storytelling ...
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 realistic, touching, emotional and serious films with plots about society, friendship, mentor, hopes, storytelling, redemption and racism mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like The Help: The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Hidden Figures (2016), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), The Color Purple (1985), Scent of a Woman (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: friendship, coming of age, teenage life, racism, haunted by the past, small town, domestic violence, civil rights, african american, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
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83%
 7.8
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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: dramatic, factual, inspirational, interesting, light ...
Plot: mathematics, discrimination, nasa, racism, mathematician, space program, sexism, racial segregation, black woman, scientist, segregation, prejudice ...
Time: 1960s, year 1961
Place: langley virginia, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, emotional, serious, epic, realistic ...
Plot: white house, butler, president, racism, civil rights, slavery, prejudice, injustice, protest, drinking problem, african american, marriage ...
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, sexual abuse, domestic violence, feminism, rape, letter, slavery, african american, life is a bitch, adoption, self discovery, reunion ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, tennessee, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, disability, mentor, student, change of heart, coming of age, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: elderly, master and servant, golden years, civil rights, boss and employee, friendship, widow, car accident, chauffeur, jewish, self discovery, aging ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, freedom, false accusation, confined, life sentence, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, justice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
⇓ 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, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, survival, blacks and whites, torture, injustice, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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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, atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: desert, nun, construction worker, chapel, convent, clergy, friendship, odd couple, homelessness, racism, human spirit, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: fashion, feminism, sexual abuse, fighting the system, life is a bitch, supermodel, airplane, un, immigrants, rising to stardom, wilderness, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: somalia, africa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious, touching, 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 ⇓
34%
 8.1
 646K
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, realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: gang, interracial relations, elderly, friendship, priest, immigrants, veteran, gunfight, friends, golden years, haunted by the past, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: racism, slavery, discrimination, injustice, human spirit, idealism, plantation, redemption, social differences, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1860s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 98K
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, social misfits, parents and children, dysfunctional family, physical appearance, abusive mother, child abuse, sexual abuse, fear, poverty, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, genius, teachers and students, university, doctors and patients, social differences, psychologist, harvard ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, friends, feminism, introspection, bee, midlife crisis, domestic violence ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, southern usa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, kidnapping, war veteran, family farm, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: interracial relations, colonialism, 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 ⇓
25%
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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, sincere, serious, 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 ⇓
50%
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: emotional, serious, 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 ⇓
24%
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, realistic, touching, 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 ⇓
23%
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
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, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: muslim, false accusation, mental illness, prejudice, true love, hopes, president, bollywood, love and romance, protagonist as suspect, autism, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.7
 801
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: serious, emotional, 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 ⇓
23%
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 8.8
 1.5M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally challenged, destiny, human spirit, tragic love, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, love and romance, friendship, life philosophy, rise to the top, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Far from Heaven (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.
Style: stylized, emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, housewife, crumbling marriage, homosexuality, racism, infidelity, prejudice, african american, hypocrisy, christmas, psychiatrist, divorce ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: miami, usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.7
 8K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 5K
Goodbye Solo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, taxi, taxi driver, suicidal, aging, interracial relations, multiculturalism, immigrants, social differences, elderly, hopes, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, nurse, insanity, doctors and patients, anti heroes, crazy, dehumanization, plan gone awry, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.2
 438
Toe to Toe (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, friendship, high school, interracial relations, social differences, high school life, teenage life, society, youth, friends, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 21K
You're Not You (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, friends, young woman, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, student life, unfulfillment, youth, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%