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A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
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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. Nevertheless convicted, he is sentenced to die, but his godmother and the aunt of the local schoolteacher convince school teacher go to the convicted man's cell each day to try to reaffirm to him that he is not an animal but a man with dignity.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, uplifting, bleak, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: politics, racism, interracial relations, false accusation, prison, aunt, convenience store, death row, redemption, school, youth, confined, teachers and students, injustice, prison life, life is a bitch, rebellion, human spirit, hopes, urban ghetto life, legal, juvenile delinquency, society, animal life, deadly ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and thought provoking films with plots about society, life is a bitch, racism, injustice, hopes, interracial relations and fighting the system mostly in Drama, Crime and Sport genres. Some movies like A Lesson Before Dying: The Exonerated (2005), Mandela and de Klerk (1997), Sudie and Simpson (1990), Freedom Song (2000), Walkout (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, slavery, interracial relations, media, righting the wronged, social worker, americana, human spirit, idealism, social differences ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1960s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
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The Exonerated (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Six people tell their stories on a single subject - how they got wrongfully convicted to death penalty, but later got exonerated.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, based on true events
Plot: false accusation, racism, injustice, fighting the system, human spirit, courtroom drama, society, confined, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, hopes ...
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Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, confined, fighting the system, false accusation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, dishonesty, society, legal, law enforcement, legal action, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
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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: emotional, disturbing, sincere, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, racism, discrimination, head of state, life is a bitch, society, state affairs, hopes, political unrest, false accusation, politics, against humanity ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa
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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, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, racism, false accusation, small town, opposites attract, society, life is a bitch, social relations, injustice, friends, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
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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: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, americana, teenage life, parents and children, society, hopes, politics, discrimination ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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Walkout (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: discrimination, society, rebellion, politics, righting the wronged, teachers and students, lifestyle, fighting the system, dedicated educator, rebelliousness, high school life, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, talky
Plot: interracial relations, racism, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, social differences, discrimination, life is a bitch, hopes, leadership, society, journalism ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
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Heavens Fall (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Successful New York attorney Sam Leibowitz travels to the South in 1933 to defend nine young black men accused of raping two women on an Alabama freight train.
Style: serious, sincere, disturbing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: false accusation, interracial relations, discrimination, dishonesty, racism, injustice, fighting the system, hopes, power relations, legal, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, new york, alabama
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, feel good, sincere ...
Plot: school, island, interracial relations, family relations, racism, teacher, power relations, culture clash, teachers and students, high school life, college life, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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54%
A Gathering of Old Men (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer is shot in self defense. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing of a white ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, golden years, false accusation, friendship, interracial relations, discrimination, americana, crimes, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: louisiana, usa
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53%
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Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, uncover truth, teenage life, social decay, life is a bitch, idealism, racism, human spirit, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Shackles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.
Style: realistic, suspense, captivating, touching, semi serious
Plot: prison, dedicated educator, prison life, starting over, idealism, human spirit, hardcase students, ambition, hopes, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
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American Violet (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young single mother of four living in a small Texas town. Arrested during a drug raid and accused of a crime she didn't commit, Dee goes against the wishes of her mother, Alma, and rejects the plea-bargain that would free her from jail, but ...
Style: sentimental, rough, serious, realistic, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: false accusation, testimony, injustice, racism, courtroom drama, urban ghetto, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, legal, single mother, racial issues ...
Time: 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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Black August (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The last 14 months of George Jackson's life was an existence under subjective and objective conditions in California's industrial prison complex. George Jackson would spend 11 years in jail (7 of which were in solitary confinement) for a ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, thought provoking
Plot: prison, racism, solitary, prison life, rebellion, fighting the system, confined, against the rules, rebelliousness, price of justice, society, life is a bitch ...
Place: usa, california
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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: sincere, touching, sentimental, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, life is a bitch, society, injustice, family relations, bittersweet, parents and children, interracial relations, dignity, african american, dentist, toothache ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: louisiana
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Through the Valley (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An innocent man framed for murder, and the system that just wants another minority conviction.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, racism, fighting the system, going straight, protagonist as suspect, injustice, redemption, frame up, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, hopes ...
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Vendetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on a true tale of power, corruption and murder, Christopher Walken stars in the story of the largest lynching in American history...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: immigrants, courtroom drama, rivalry, crime, state affairs, life is a bitch, society, law enforcement, legal, dishonesty, courtroom, injustice ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
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Black and White (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Australia, 1958. When a nine year old white girl is found murdered, police are quick to arrest illiterate Aborigine, Max Stuart. Under interrogation Max admits to the killing and signs a statement that will send him to the gallows. With no Court of ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: crimes, hotshot lawyer, racism, illiteracy, fighting the system, legal investigation, injustice, social differences, false accusation, price of justice, courtroom drama, confined ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: australia, adelaide south australia
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Day Break (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: death row, prison, prison life, confined, pardon, society, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, legal action, law enforcement, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
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To Sir, with Love II (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: high school, juvenile delinquency, teacher, idealism, city life, undisciplined, bad attitude, urban ghetto, gain trust, reach out, power relations, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, youth, human spirit, reach out, power relations, juvenile delinquency, hopes, society, fire brigade, friendship, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Once They Marched Through a Thousand Towns (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie.
Style: sincere, disturbing, gloomy, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, legal, suburbs, jewish, courtroom drama, civil rights, small town life, survival, small town, racism, wartime life, genocide ...
Time: 80s
Place: illinois, usa
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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: psychological, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, interracial relations, racism, law enforcement, dedicated lawyer, crime, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, courtroom drama, rivalry, society, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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Halls of Anger (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: high school, society, life is a bitch, youth, hardcase students, social misfits, ambition, social relations, power relations, social differences, teachers and students, interracial relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s
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Behavior (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Meet Chala, an eleven year-old boy with a hard life and strong respect for Carmela, his sixth grade teacher. The pair develops a solid bond, but after Carmela suffers an accident, things get complicated…
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, biting ...
Plot: fighting the system, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, hopes, teachers and students, urban ghetto life, youth, rebellion, hardcase students, dedicated educator, society, education ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
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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: thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, self defense, family relations, murder, faith, society, false accusation, family life, life is a bitch, dishonesty, husband wife relationship, redemption ...
Time: 90s
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Beautiful City (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried ...
Style: emotional, psychological, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, prison, confined, love and romance, crime and punishment, death sentence, legal action, life is a bitch, hopes, youth, matchmaking, platonic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran
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Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: chess, school, youth, misfit, high school life, ambition, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, against the odds, lifestyle, life is a bitch, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
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Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The unintentional shooting by police of a star basketball player has profound personal, political and community repercussions in this acclaimed adaptation of the novel Hog Butcher by Ronald Fair. This was one of the more thoughtful urban dramas ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, murder, sport team, injustice, urban ghetto, power relations, politics, ambition, life is a bitch, crimes, youth ...
Time: 70s
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