Movies like Machuca

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Machuca (2004)
 7.7
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Machuca (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro's slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, thought provoking, serious, realistic, clever, contemplative, political, dramatic ...
Plot: sexual initiation, friendship, politics, classmate, childhood, poverty, demonstration, historical event, communism, social differences, youth, parents and children, society, political unrest, friends, teachers and students, coming of age, teacher, bully, dictatorship, student, injury, school, family relations, president ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile, santiago de chile, south america, argentina, spain

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Most similar movies to Machuca

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and thought provoking films with plots about politics, storytelling, runaway, society, mentor, death and corruption mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Machuca: Missing (1982), The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), Blame it on Fidel (2006), This Boy's Life (1993), Butterfly (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, patriotism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago chile ...
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The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 186 min.
Story: The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there, and the owner pays them by their productivity. One of the families has a very clever child. They decide to send him to school instead of make him ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, touching, serious, contemplative
Plot: school, countryside, farm, peasant, village, clergy, life is a bitch, family life, parents and children, master and servant, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century, 90s, turn of the century ...
Place: italy, europe, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Blame it on Fidel (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, radical, family life, political unrest, family problems, hopes, state affairs, immigrants, journalism, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, paris france, europe, cuba, chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, domestic violence, coming of age, stepfather, friendship, child abuse, dysfunctional family, gay teenager, homosexual, family relations, mechanic, stepfather stepson relationship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, united states, washington d.c., seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, spanish civil war, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, fascism, patriotism, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, australia, america, galicia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, parents and children, ira, alcohol abuse, injustice, unemployment, human nature, society, family relations, irish, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, usa, europe, america ...
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44%
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Priest Daens (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few ...
Style: bleak, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: revolution, politics, factory, working class, injustice, fighting the system, religions or cults, exploit, social differences, workplace situations, against the odds, rebelliousness ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century, 1890s, turn of the century ...
Place: belgium, europe, flanders, poland, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Official Story (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, sincere, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, politics, family relations, uncover truth, society, parents and children, political unrest, haunted by the past, state affairs, missing person, secret, adopted daughter ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, bolivia, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 6.7
 10K
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, blacks and whites, false accusation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 86K
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: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, justice, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, african american, americana, discrimination, fighting the system, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1964 ...
Place: alabama, usa, boston, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.7
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1900 (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 245 min.
Story: Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half on the 20th century.
Style: epic, thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, friendship, politics, countryside, execution, idealism, italian history, child molester, socialism, ambition, society, war ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: italy, france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Nowhere in Africa (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A Jewish woman named Jettel Redlich flees Nazi Germany with her daughter Regina, to join her husband, Walter, on a farm in Kenya. At first, Jettel refuses to adjust to her new circumstances, bringing with her a set of china dishes and an evening ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, wartime life, understanding, friendship, family relations, exile, farm, culture clash, starting over, human nature, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: africa, kenya, germany, poland, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: "The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early ...
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, road movie, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, motorcycle, poverty, journey, on the road, friendship, injustice, freedom, following a dream, introspection, society, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1952, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: latin america, argentina, venezuela, colombia, chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, UK, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of journalist, Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Style: disturbing, factual, tense, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: media, journalism, politics, patriotism, mccarthyism, fighting the system, society, television, workplace, state affairs, media coverage, communism ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, california, pentagon, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Some Mother's Son (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: bleak, captivating, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, prison, betrayal, legal, terrorism, family relations, strike, struggle, terrorist, human spirit, family life, rebellion ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, marital problem, social problems, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 90s, 70s, 60s ...
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Lula, the Son of Brazil (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil, Argentina
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The true story of a working class boy who moves to the nation's financial capital at a young age and becomes one the most influential politician in Brazil's history.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: working class, social differences, ambition, family problems, siblings relations, hopes, dysfunctional family, escapades, urban ghetto, family in crisis, parents and children, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Danton (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Danton and Robespierre were close friends and fought together in the French Revolution, but by 1793 Robespierre was France's ruler, determined to wipe out opposition with a series of mass executions that became known as the Reign of Terror. ...
Style: talky, epic, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: french revolution, revolution, political unrest, politics, idealism, death row, intrigue, rebellion, military, heroes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1790s, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, poland, europe, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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 ⇓
31%
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, rebellion, fighting the system, human spirit, self discovery, friendship, leadership, politics, tragic hero ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Special Relationship (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatisation that follows Tony Blair's journey from political understudy waiting in the wings of the world arena to accomplished prime minister standing confidently in the spotlight of centre stage. It is a story about relationships, between ...
Style: realistic, sincere, thought provoking, intense, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, friends, head of state, political intrigue, world politics, unlikely friendships, greed, british prime minister, relationships, honest, manipulation, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., london, usa, europe, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Made in Dagenham (2010)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
Style: touching, contemplative, realistic, semi serious, uplifting ...
Plot: discrimination, working class, protest, injustice, gender, factory, workplace, fighting the system, idealism, revolution, rebelliousness, workplace situations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1968 ...
Place: england, europe, london, big ben london, michigan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 12K
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, realistic, serious, bleak, tense ...
Plot: friendship, racism, 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, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 32K
Che: Part Two (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: revolution, communism, dictatorship, leadership, military, idealism, sacrifice, hopes, heroes, folk hero, life is a bitch, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966, 1960s, year 1967
Place: bolivia, latin america, cuba, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 103K
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate ...
Style: clever, tense, psychological, sincere, tricky ...
Plot: journalism, president, reporter, politics, loneliness, tv show, scandal, power struggle, lie, mind game, uncover truth, secret ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, year 1977
Place: usa, california, australia, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional, touching ...
Plot: reconciliation, terminal illness, memory, father son relationship, infidelity, coming of age, teenager, hospital, family relations, loneliness, confrontation, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 80s, year 1962, 1960s ...
Place: london, brighton, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 44K
Che: Part One (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Style: epic, thought provoking, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, cuban revolution, communism, execution, dictatorship, idealism, fighting the system, state affairs, leadership, freedom, political unrest, rise to the top ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: cuba, latin america, mexico city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Another Country (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1930s, Guy Bennett and Tommy Judd are friends because they are both outsiders in their own ways. Bennett is openly gay, Judd is a Marxist. It explores his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism, while examining the hypocrisy and snobbery ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, factual, psychological ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, gay lead character, social differences, society, golden years, youth, romance, boarding school life, equality, politics, boarding school ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, year 1983
Place: england, russia, europe, britain, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 29K
Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: vietnam war, politics, political corruption, government, rise and fall, campaign, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, brother brother relationship, political conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: washington d.c., china, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.2
 8K
I Am Cuba (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Cuba, Soviet Union
Duration: 141 min.
Story: An unabashed exercise in cinema stylistics, I Am Cuba is pro-Castro/anti-Batista rhetoric dressed up in the finest clothes. The film's four dramatic stories take place in the final days of the Batista regime; the first two illustrate the ills ...
Style: captivating, factual, epic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: rebellion, propaganda, political unrest, revolution, state affairs, society, politics, injustice, tyranny, coup d'etat, power struggle, police ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%