Movies like The Magdalene Sisters

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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
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, suspense, disturbing, serious, rough, depressing, harsh, factual, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, life is a bitch, society, violence against women, sexual abuse, human spirit, corporal punishment, mercilessness, mistreatment, rebellion, innocence lost, unwanted pregnancy, humiliation, clergy, sexism, catholic, evil nun, fighting the system, religions or cults, confined, convent school ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america

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Most similar movies to The Magdalene Sisters

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and emotional films with plots about society, life is a bitch, redemption, mentor, storytelling, runaway and violence mostly in Drama, History and Action genres. Some movies like The Magdalene Sisters: Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), King of Devil's Island (2010), Precious (2009), The Nun (2013), Doubt (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: thought provoking, disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: dedicated educator, beating, boarding school life, reformatory, discipline, orphan, juvenile delinquency, fighting the system, teachers and students, human spirit, power relations, punishment ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: ireland, europe, spain
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33%
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, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: punishment, prison life, island, beating, child abuse, sexual abuse, humiliation, juvenile detention, riot, escape attempt, rebellion, violence ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, eastern europe, scandinavia, poland, japan
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100%
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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, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, abusive mother, poverty, rape, illiteracy, fat girl, dysfunctional family, social misfits, sexual abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city
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100%
 6.4
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: convent, clergy, power relations, celibacy, strong female presence, society, women's rights, religion, humiliation, abuse of power, confession, nun ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Doubt (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In 1964, a Catholic school nun questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and ...
Style: serious, sincere, suspense, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: pedophile, clergy, nun, guilt, school, teacher, life is a bitch, priest, suspicion, african american, gossip, sexual abuse ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, 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, slavery, surrogate mother, violence against women, sexism, protest, infertility, totalitarianism, kidnapping, torture, violence, tyranny ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future
⇓ 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, rough, bleak, factual, epic ...
Plot: christianity, jesus christ, betrayal, jesus, religion, religions or cults, torture, bible, life philosophy, sacrifice, suffering, mission ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 30s, 1930s
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ 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, rough, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: pedophilia, man boy relationship, child molestation, homosexual rape, catholic priest, underage sex, orphanage, rape of a minor, sexual abuse, pedophile, catholicism, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country:
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, tragicomedy, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: fighting the system, human spirit, mental institution, freedom, insanity, anti hero, dehumanization, nurse, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, society, oppression ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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
Plot: rebellion, bully, rebelliousness, friendship, corporal punishment, life is a bitch, violence, humiliation, youth, lifestyle, society, human nature ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 14K
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: psychological, disturbing, cult film, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: convent, inquisition, hysteria, nun, clergy, sexual abuse, surrealism, priest, society, danger, perversion, rebellion ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: france, europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 2K
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: atmospheric, emotional, gloomy, sexual, thought provoking ...
Plot: convent, monastery, pursuit, priest, suicide, nun, village, new wave, innocence lost, destructive relationship, religions or cults, strong female presence ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
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Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, coming of age, peer pressure, underage drinking, juvenile delinquency, addiction, family problems, friends, friendship, life is a bitch, theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 543
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, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: corporal punishment, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, orphan, friendship, teenage life, human spirit, boarding school life, family problems, society, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
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Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, society, youth, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, corporal punishment, child rape, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 40K
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, disturbing, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual harassment, courtroom drama, feminism, rape, lawsuit, against the odds, small town, fighting the system, sexism, family relations, labor union, financial problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 90s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 6K
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, emotional, sincere, touching, intense ...
Plot: unemployment, family problems, parents and children, against the odds, separated, fighting the system, court, convent school, mercy, custody, priest, church ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1953
Place: ireland, europe, sydney australia, scotland, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, unwanted pregnancy, rape, communism, friendship, female friendship, realism, young woman, doctor, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: disturbing, sincere, realistic, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: rape, high school, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, teenage love, fighting the system, rebellion, against the odds, youth, legal, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, serious, emotional, melancholic, art house ...
Plot: nun, family secret, anti semitism, orphan, uncover truth, jewish, haunted by the past, human nature, self discovery, introspection, world war two, faith ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: poland, europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.7
 390
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: small town, confession, small town life, idealism, clergy, social relations, religions or cults, society, hopes, religion, belief in god, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1956, 1950s
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 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, emotional, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, bomb, fighting the system, rebellion, injustice, uncover truth, false accusation, human spirit, redemption, social decay, legal ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: survival, oppression, injustice, child abuse, life is a bitch, dishonesty, danger, job seeking, disorder, totalitarianism, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
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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: controversial, disturbing, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: militant, racism, interracial relations, black panther party, black panthers, revolution, politics, fighting the system, dishonesty, society, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: disturbing, sincere, realistic, based on true events, bleak ...
Plot: nun, convent, belief in god, friendship, culture clash, traditional versus modern, danger, society, reunion, clergy, exorcism, female friendship ...
Place: romania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.
Style: disturbing, controversial, sexy, sexual, rough ...
Plot: plantation, sexual abuse, racism, injustice, death, brutality, sadism, rape, captivity, slavery, cruelty, graphic violence ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1850s, 1830s, 20th century ...
Place: mississippi, detroit, mississippi river, memphis, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, survival, women's prison, danger, youth, gays and lesbians, society, confined, fighting the system, life is a bitch, school, reunion ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, uplifting, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: desert, nun, convent, chapel, construction worker, friendship, human spirit, interracial relations, small town life, religions or cults, selflessness, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 820
Holly (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, France, Israel, Cambodia
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Shot on location in Cambodia, including many scenes in actual brothels in the notorious red light district of Phnom Penh, HOLLY is a captivating, touching and emotional experience. Patrick, an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts, has ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: child prostitution, innocence lost, lifestyle, young heroes, prostitute, going straight, life is a bitch, social decay, redemption, sexual abuse, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cambodia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%