Movies like The Magdalene Sisters

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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
 7.7
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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, factual, compassionate, controversial ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, violence against women, life is a bitch, society, sexual abuse, human spirit, rebellion, innocence lost, unwanted pregnancy, mistreatment, humiliation, irish, clergy, sexism, catholic, evil nun, fighting the system, mercilessness, religions or cults, confined, re-education ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america

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 friendship 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), The Nun (2013), The Handmaid's Tale (2017), The Passion of the Christ (2004). 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: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: boarding school life, dedicated educator, beating, discipline, reformatory, orphan, juvenile delinquency, fighting the system, teachers and students, human spirit, society, life is a bitch ...
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, stylized ...
Plot: punishment, prison life, island, beating, child abuse, sexual abuse, juvenile detention, humiliation, violence, riot, escape attempt, rebellion ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: 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%
The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: surrogate mother, violence against women, slavery, infertility, rape, protest, sexism, kidnapping, society, totalitarianism, belief, torture ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, bleak, factual, rough, epic ...
Plot: christianity, jesus christ, betrayal, jesus, religion, torture, bible, sacrifice, religions or cults, life philosophy, suffering, roman empire ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: bleak, rough, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, illiteracy, abusive mother, social misfits, sexual abuse, rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, aids ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, tragicomedy, dramatic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, fighting the system, mental institution, freedom, insanity, anti hero, nurse, anti heroes, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, dehumanization, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, child molestation, man boy relationship, homosexual rape, catholic priest, sexual abuse, rape of a minor, catholicism, pedophile, clergy, sexual perversion, orphan ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, disturbing, rough, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, rebelliousness, friendship, life is a bitch, violence, bully, humiliation, youth, lifestyle, boarding school life, human nature, society ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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, sexy ...
Plot: convent, pursuit, monastery, suicide, nun, priest, village, new wave, innocence lost, destructive relationship, strong female presence, clergy ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 120K
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%
 6.8
 79K
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, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, addiction, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, theft, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch, interracial relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 2K
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, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 39K
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: disturbing, rough, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual harassment, courtroom drama, feminism, rape, lawsuit, against the odds, small town, fighting the system, sexism, labor union, family relations, financial problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 90s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 533
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, orphan, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, friendship, teenage life, human spirit, boarding school life, family problems, hopes, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, corporal punishment, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, church, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1953
Place: ireland, europe, sydney australia, scotland, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, communism, rape, friendship, female friendship, realism, doctor, young woman, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 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, sincere ...
Plot: politics, terrorism, bomb, rebellion, fighting the system, social decay, false accusation, redemption, uncover truth, human spirit, injustice, legal ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.4
 52K
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, jewish, anti semitism, orphan, family secret, uncover truth, haunted by the past, human nature, self discovery, introspection, world war two, faith ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.8
 13K
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, danger, society, perversion, fighting the system ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: france, london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, based on true events, atmospheric ...
Plot: nun, convent, belief in god, friendship, culture clash, traditional versus modern, danger, society, reunion, clergy, exorcism, female friendship ...
Place: romania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 2K
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, interracial relations, militant, black panthers, revolution, politics, state affairs, life is a bitch, fighting the system, dishonesty, crimes, rebellion ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 9K
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, dishonesty, danger, job seeking, disorder, totalitarianism, life is a bitch, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: plantation, sexual abuse, racism, injustice, cruelty, captivity, slavery, rape, brutality, death, sadism, graphic violence ...
Time: 18th century, 1850s, 19th century, 1830s, 20th century ...
Place: mississippi, detroit, mississippi river, virginia, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.5
 372
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, youth, juvenile delinquency, danger, kids in trouble, graphic violence, escape, fighting the system, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: desert, nun, convent, chapel, construction worker, friendship, small town life, human spirit, interracial relations, religions or cults, farm, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: domestic violence, incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, feminism, life is a bitch, slavery, rape, african american, dysfunctional family, self discovery, childbirth ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, georgia, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 777
The New Man (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Sweden 1951. A new society is developing, a society where there is no room for the socially and mentally weak...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, bleak, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: society, pregnancy, mental illness, teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, confined, misfit, power relations, injustice, win over, mental institution ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%