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The Bang Bang Club (2010)
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The Bang Bang Club (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the early to mid '90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva - bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked together to chronicle the violence and upheaval leading up to the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as president. Their work is risky and dangerous, potentially fatally so, as they thrust themselves into the middle of chaotic clashes between forces backed by the government (including Inkatha Zulu warriors) and those in support of Mandela's African National Congress.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, rough, based on true events
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, media, newspaper, journalism, society, life risking, life is a bitch, social problems, discrimination, danger, political unrest, state affairs, social activist, revolution, civil war, injustice, oppression, dedication, murder, apartheid, racism, interracial relations, blacks and whites, strong violent content ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and captivating films with plots about society, state affairs, life is a bitch, politics, political unrest, hopes and injustice mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Bang Bang Club: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Cry Freedom (1987), Catch a Fire (2006), The Killing Fields (1984), Winnie Mandela (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, social problems, marital problem, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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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, bleak, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: racism, friendship, civil rights, police brutality, newspaper editor, apartheid, journalist, interracial relations, politics, idealism, journalism, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1977
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, danger, social problems, false accusation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: rough, disturbing, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, photographer, vietnam war, war, friendship, anti war, wartime life, human spirit, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, media ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, new york, iraq
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Winnie Mandela (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Africa, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: ambition, society, state affairs, confined, politics, hopes, feminism, political unrest, isolation, pursuit, strong female presence, blind ambition ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Color of Freedom (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, France, Belgium, South Africa, Italy, UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: racism, prison life, interracial relations, apartheid, friendship, self discovery, leadership, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, rebelliousness, political unrest ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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Endgame (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, sincere, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bomb, politics, hopes, danger, rebellion, political unrest, wartime life, siege, revolution, state affairs, life is a bitch, unlikely partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: south africa, england, africa, europe, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Balibo Conspiracy (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: As Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian based journalists go missing. Four weeks later, veteran foreign correspondent Roger East is lured to East Timor by the young and charismatic José Ramos-Horta to tell the ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: investigation, politics, journalism, media, life is a bitch, uncover truth, political unrest, mystery, crimes, state affairs, society, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Press (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of a Kurdish newspaper whose journalists are under the constant threat of being abducted and killed by the state security forces.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, thought provoking
Plot: journalism, media, political unrest, politics, workplace, society, realism, rivalry, crimes, danger, uncover truth, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: turkey, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: tense, suspense, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, war, politics, liberal, life is a bitch, state affairs, media, dictatorship, war correspondent, confession booth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: south america, central america, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Inner Circle (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Soviet Union, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, stalinism, politics, kgb, state affairs, head of state, political unrest, injustice, dictatorship, projectionist, love, josef stalin ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, silent film
Plot: feminism, civil rights, injustice, fighting the system, political unrest, life is a bitch, politics, journalism, state affairs, human spirit, americana, siblings relations ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917, year 1912
Place: philadelphia, tennessee, virginia, washington d.c.
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54%
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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, idealism, african american, discrimination, americana, fighting the system, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1964 ...
Place: alabama, usa, birmingham alabama, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Che! (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that government and Castro's taking over of Cuba. The ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic, factual ...
Plot: revolution, chaos, leadership, folk hero, political unrest, rebelliousness, idealism, injustice, military, rebellion, society, revolutionary ...
Time: 20th century
Place: cuba, bolivia, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Zuzu Angel (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil
Duration: 108 min.
Story: "Zuzu Angel" covers the last years of the famous Brazilian fashion designer in her doomed quest for justice in the case of her activist son Stuart's arrest, torture, murder and subsequent corpse disposal by the military forces in ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: missing person, uncover truth, fighting the system, society, crimes, rebellion, legal, injustice, politics, life is a bitch, parents and children, price of justice ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Heat Wave (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A rookie black journalist investigates the tensions of the Watts section of Los Angeles in the bloody summer of 1965.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, tense, bleak ...
Plot: racism, urban setting, media, political unrest, interracial relations, social decay, heat wave, journalism, society, life is a bitch, african american, riot ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1965
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, rugby, historical character, president, leadership, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, sport, idealism, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Getulio (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The movie depicts the political crisis that led to the suicide of president Getúlio Vargas, in the 19 days that preceded August 24, 1954. The crisis began with the attempted assassination of journalist and politician Carlos Lacerda in August 5, ...
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: politics, investigation, head of state, political intrigue, society, dishonesty, state affairs, journalism, political unrest, assassination attempt, political conspiracy, downfall ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Jump! (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 118 min.
Story: JUMP is a psychological drama revealing for the first time the extraordinary circumstances behind the unjust murder trial of the young Jew, Philippe Halsman, who would later become the most sought after celebrity portrait photographer of his ...
Style: serious, contemplative, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, discrimination, false accusation, crimes, dishonesty, state affairs, injustice, deadly, legal action, confined ...
Time: 1920s
Place: austria, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Fort Apache Napoli (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of Giancarlo Siani, a journalist killed by the Neapolitan Mafia in 1985.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, gloomy
Plot: journalism, mafia, uncover truth, investigation, idealism, dishonesty, society, life is a bitch, crimes, deadly, gangsters, danger ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: italy, europe, southern italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, apartheid, discrimination, hopes, congress, injustice, righting the wronged, political unrest, false accusation, state affairs, society ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Last Sentence (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Renowned journalist Torgny Segerstedt declares war against Hitler as he criticizes Swedish politicians who tried to look away from the tyranny of the Nazis with the good excuse of “neutralism”. His only weapon is his pen and his life is full of ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, serious, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, life is a bitch, political unrest, journalism, fascism, human spirit, fighting the system, hopes, against the odds, media, state affairs, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Hearts & Minds (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: South Africa
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the final days of the pro-apartheid government, bigoted policeman and assassin Andries Fourie is assigned an undercover job. His task is to pose as a political progressive to infiltrate the African National Congress and assassinate one of the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police officer, swat team, politics, political unrest, political intrigue, working undercover, discrimination, congress, life turned upside down, society, state affairs, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, moscow russia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, rebellion, social differences, human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, legal, society, life is a bitch, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, social decay, introspection, discrimination, injustice, society, life is a bitch, crimes, small town, social relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Lady (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, UK, Thailand
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film is about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (Yeoh) who spent more than a decade under house arrest. David Thewlis portrays Suu Kyi's husband, Dr. Michael Aris. Rebecca Frayn began working on the project after she and her husband, producer ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: election, military dictatorship, militant, resistance, human spirit, leadership, politics, selflessness, peaceful mission, social activist, democrat, tragic love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1998, year 1988 ...
Place: burma, asia, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Salvador (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The story of Salvador Puig Antich, one of the last political prisoners to be executed under Franco's Fascist State in 1974.
Style: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: anarchist, against humanity, legal investigation, politics, legal, rebellion, missing person, fighting the system, revolution, dictatorship, robbery, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Downfall of Berlin: Anonyma (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing
Plot: war crime, world war two, war, rape, sexual abuse, political unrest, soldier, strong sexual content, injustice, state affairs, military, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Gandhi, My Father (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: With Gandhi My Father, producer Anil Kapoor and director Feroz Abbas Khan have shed light onto Gandhi the person, rather than Gandhi the icon. Using Gandhi’s political career as a canvas, the film paints a picture of his intricate, complex, and ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, tragedy, rise to the top, fighting the system, rebellion, rebelliousness, human spirit, life is a bitch, society, redemption, political unrest, parents and children ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 1910s, 30s ...
Place: india, africa, south africa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, rough, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, war crime, un, cruelty, war, refugee, atrocity, corpse, massacre, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, somalia, congo, tanzania
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%