Movies like The Magdalene Sisters

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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly caught flirting with the boys. All have to work in a laundry under the strict supervision of the nuns, who break their wills through sadistic punishment.
Style: bleak, brutal, disturbing, harsh, suspense, factual, compassionate, rough, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: convent, nun, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, sexual harassment, violence against women, human spirit, sin, punishment, evil nun, sexual abuse, mistreatment, human rights, society, rebellion, catholic orphanage, mercilessness, clergy, innocence lost, brainwashing, prison, public humiliation, religion, irish, psychological abuse ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, latin america, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and sincere films with plots about society, life is a bitch, violence, redemption, mentor, male nudity and runaway mostly in Drama, History and Action genres. Some movies like The Magdalene Sisters: King of Devil's Island (2010), Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), Precious (2009), The Handmaid's Tale (2017), The Nun (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
King of Devil's Island (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, ...
Style: bleak, tense, atmospheric, visually appealing, serious ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: prison life, punishment, island, juvenile detention, sexual abuse, prison, reform school, child abuse, rebellion, isolation, survival, riot ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, eastern europe, japan
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Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, Denmark, Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: William Franklin is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, serious, depressing ...
Plot: child abuse, dedicated educator, juvenile delinquency, gay rape, reformatory, child rape, boarding school life, orphan, corporal punishment, discipline, reform school, teachers and students ...
Time: 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: rough, bleak, emotional, depressing, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: rape, domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, poverty, dysfunctional family, social misfits, incest, teacher, parents and children, school ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.
Style: melancholic, psychological, bleak, rough, captivating ...
Plot: rape, surrogate mother, sexism, slavery, infertility, tyranny, totalitarianism, violence against women, violence, protest, distopia, torture ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Nun (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Suzanne Simonin describes her life of suffering in letters. As a young woman she is sent to a convent against her will. Since her parents cannot afford the dowry required for a marriage befitting her rank they decide she must instead become a nun. ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: nun, religion, convent, clergy, power relations, strong female presence, society, celibacy, women's rights, abuse of power, humiliation, confession ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: realistic, disturbing, sexy, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophilia, child molestation, child abuse, man boy relationship, homosexual rape, catholic priest, orphanage, underage sex, child molester, pedophile priest, sexual abuse, rape of a minor ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, dramatic, thought provoking, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, mental illness, freedom, human spirit, insanity, crazy, unlikely friendships, nurse, psychiatrist, escaped mental patient, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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22%
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Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: rebellion, bully, coming of age, violence, friendship, corporal punishment, private school, rebelliousness, boarding school life, life is a bitch, boarding school, humiliation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Devils (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns.
Style: disturbing, surreal, psychological, sexy, enigmatic ...
Plot: surrealism, inquisition, priest, convent, religion, devil, sexual abuse, clergy, witch, nun, sex with a priest, hysteria ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century, middle ages
Place: france, london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Nun (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In eighteenth-century France, a girl is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire.
Style: sexy, art house, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: convent, nun, lgbt, catholic, lesbian, priest, suicide, fetish, monastery, lesbian relationship, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
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 ...
Style: touching, inspirational, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, kids
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, hopes, racial issues, writers, social relations, racial segregation, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 50s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: biblical, christian film, factual, rough, brutal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: christianity, jesus, religion, betrayal, torture, suffering, brutality, sacrifice, bible, religions or cults, death, life philosophy ...
Time: 1st century, 1930s
Place: holy land, jerusalem, ancient greece, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 588
Abandoned (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: uplifting, serious, sincere, touching, art house ...
Plot: corporal punishment, kids in trouble, orphan, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, boarding school life, human spirit, family problems, society, hopes ...
Time: 60s
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
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North Country (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Style: rough, sincere, emotional, thought provoking, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual harassment, courtroom drama, rape, feminism, lawsuit, small town, sexism, against the odds, labor union, women, lawyer, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Evelyn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Ireland, UK, Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, feel good ...
Plot: lawyer, court, mercy, family problems, unemployment, against the odds, parents and children, children, fighting the system, single father, convent school, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: ireland, australia, boston, europe, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, coming of age, rape, dysfunctional family, family relations, child rape, parents and children, life is a bitch, child abuse, domestic violence, stepfather stepdaughter relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 4K
Moolaadé (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.
Style: disturbing, sincere, thought provoking, touching, political ...
Plot: feminism, rebellion, sexism, torture, child abuse, culture clash, tradition, women, childhood, fighting the system, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, tokyo, japan, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 2K
Omagh (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The movie starts at the 1998 bomb attack by the Real IRA at Omagh, Northern Ireland. The attack killed 31 people. Michael Gallagher one of the relatives of the victims starts an examination to bring the people responsible to court.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: ira, terrorism, politics, bomb, rebellion, fighting the system, injustice, legal, society, uncover truth, false accusation, redemption ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Stella Days (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, Norway, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A priest stationed in Tipperary, Ireland, is eager to return to Rome. Told he cannot do so until he has raised enough money for the building of a new church, he decides to open a cinema in the local town.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, sincere, intellectual
Plot: confession, small town, social relations, religions or cults, clergy, small town life, idealism, society, hopes, belief in god, religion, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1956
Place: ireland
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26%
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, Belgium
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gabita is pregnant, abortion is strictly forbidden in Romania during the communist regime. Despite this it is common practice and Gabita wants an abortion. The movie follows her and her friend Otilia during the day she has made the appointment with ...
Style: disturbing, depressing, rough, bleak, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: abortion, sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy, communism, friendship, rape, doctor, realism, hotel, depression, coming of age, young woman ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, california, eastern europe, europe
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26%
Beyond the Hills (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, France, Belgium
Duration: 152 min.
Story: A drama centered on the friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.
Style: sincere, disturbing, realistic, touching, art house ...
Plot: convent, nun, belief in god, exorcism, culture clash, friendship, lesbian, society, traditional versus modern, clergy, lgbtq, religious ...
Place: romania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Panther (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some ...
Style: political, disturbing, suspense, entertaining, harsh ...
Plot: black panthers, conspiracy, racism, revolution, politics, african american, drugs, violence, civil rights movement, world politics, women, greed ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: california, vietnam, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.
Style: disturbing, sexy, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: plantation, racism, exploitation, slavery, sadism, sexual abuse, time travel, graphic violence, racial injustice, immorality, sexual cruelty, moral corruption ...
Time: 1850s, 19th century, 20th century, 1830s, 70s ...
Place: mississippi, detroit, virginia, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: school shooting, life is a bitch, social misfits, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, society, youth, humiliation, friendship, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: estonia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
She Fought Alone (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: All, including school administration and a friend, turn their backs on a girl who accused a classmate of rape.
Style: realistic, sincere, disturbing, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, high school, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency, teenage love, american football, rebellion, fighting the system, youth, against the odds, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
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Ida (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Denmark, France, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Anna, a young novitiate in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.
Style: bleak, art house, emotional, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: nun, jewish, anti semitism, world war two, faith, family secret, character study, suicide, self discovery, religion, orphan, convent ...
Time: 60s, post world war two, 20th century
Place: poland, eastern europe, europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Harlan County War (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: miner, poverty, rebellion, fighting the system, price of justice, against the odds, society, life is a bitch, ambition, legal, working class, racism ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, appalachia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Scrubbers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: prison, women's prison, women in prison, survival, juvenile prison, lesbian relationship, remorse, nun, prisoner, abbey, punishment, monastery ...
Time: 80s
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25%
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
Style: erotic, psychological, macabre, art house, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: torture, rape, sex, sexual perversion, sexual torture, kidnapping, bdsm, libertine, sexual abuse, obsession, perversion, fascism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: depressing, thought provoking, realistic, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, character study, redemption, drunkenness, rage, abuse, violence, depression, frustration, society, abusive husband, christian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%