Movies like The Magdalene Sisters

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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
 7.8
 24K
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, rough, suspense, depressing, brutal, factual, serious, compassionate, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: sexual harassment, convent, nun, sexual abuse, human spirit, punishment, irish, life is a bitch, clergy, rebellion, humiliation, convent school, fighting the system, sexism, human rights, confined, re-education, religions or cults, brutality, violence against women, religious fanatic, misogyny, evil nun, mistreatment, innocence lost ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and dramatic films with plots about society, life is a bitch, runaway, mentor, storytelling, redemption and brutality mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Magdalene Sisters: Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), King of Devil's Island (2010), The Nun (2013), Precious (2009), The Boys of St. Vincent (1992). 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: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: boarding school life, poetry, beating, reformatory, discipline, dedicated educator, juvenile delinquency, orphan, clergy, gory, school, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: ireland, europe, spain
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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, serious, tragicomedy, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, anti heroes, dehumanization, friendship, plan gone awry, crazy ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: island, punishment, prison life, sexual abuse, boarding school life, beating, violence, escape, humiliation, riot, suicide, juvenile detention ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 1K
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: sincere, serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating
Plot: convent, clergy, power relations, innocence lost, society, celibacy, monastery, illegitimacy, illegitimate child, haircut, mother superior, memoir ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 98K
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, emotional, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, social misfits, dysfunctional family, parents and children, physical appearance, abusive mother, school, aids, sexual abuse, fear ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: orphan, sexual abuse, clergy, pedophilia, courtroom drama, insubordination, whistleblower, social worker, sexual perversion, masturbation, hypocrisy, teachers and students ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
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The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, teenager, incest rape, strong sexual content, innocence lost, parents and children, small town, siblings relations, family in crisis, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 110K
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: realistic, clever, sincere, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: clergy, nun, pedophile, school, boy, guilt, tolerance, janitor, gossip, compassion, singing, wine ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.0
 80K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, mentally challenged, father figure, death threat, autism, gay slur, homosexual, redemption, human nature, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 377K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
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, uplifting, thought provoking, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: master and servant, friendship, racism, maid, discrimination, against the rules, hopes, prejudice, exploitation, racial issues, storytelling, justice ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 74K
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, serious, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, peer pressure, makeover, domestic violence, addiction, coming of age, friendship, theft, drug overdose, street life, underage drinking, teen angst ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ 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: bleak, epic, rough, biblical, factual ...
Plot: betrayal, christianity, suffering, torture, clergy, religions or cults, sacrifice, redemption, last supper, mission, bible, religion ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
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: captivating, psychological, bleak, melancholic, rough
Plot: society, protest, belief, slavery, soldier, infertility, lesbian, torture, alternate world, surrogate mother, kidnapping, violence against women ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.3
 36K
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: realistic, serious, emotional, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: feminism, sexual harassment, rape, courtroom drama, lawsuit, court, rapist, small town, miner, love, secret, witness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, corporal punishment, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 6K
Evelyn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland, USA, 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: serious, bleak, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: christmas, friendship, unemployment, single parent, human spirit, parents and children, fighting the system, hopes, society, family problems, life is a bitch, irish ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe, sydney australia, scotland, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 43K
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, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: nun, jewish, anti semitism, orphan, convent, family secret, self discovery, nazism, drugs/alcohol, uncover truth, haunted by the past, life turned upside down ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, mine, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 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: bleak, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: working class, anti semitism, unemployment, sin, domestic violence, parents and children, rich and poor, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, seaport, liverpool, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, survival, rape, civil rights, racial slur ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 28K
The Accused (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: realistic, disturbing, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, courtroom drama, rape, lawyer, bar, injustice, testimony, district attorney, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, alcohol, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.4
 8K
Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan
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, captivating ...
Plot: survival, oppression, coming of age, injustice, dishonesty, child abuse, hidden identity, danger, escapades, heroes, society, islam ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, pakistan, afghanistan, iran, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: desert, nun, construction worker, chapel, convent, clergy, friendship, odd couple, racism, homelessness, human spirit, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 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: serious, tense, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: black panthers, racism, militant, politics, rebelliousness, revolution, interracial relations, political unrest, injustice, fighting the system, law enforcement, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, realistic, disturbing, serious, tense ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, communism, unwanted pregnancy, hotel, friendship, college student, desperation, dormitory, romanian, hotel room, bureaucracy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.6
 27K
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: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, violence, prison visit, urination, pub, death of husband, drunkenness, beating, dog, redemption, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, epic, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: rape, sadism, sexual abuse, death, murder, brutality, captivity, slavery, slave, plantation, cruelty, racism ...
Time: 18th century, 1960s, 1850s, 19th century, 20th century ...
Place: mississippi, detroit, memphis, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.8
 33K
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: disturbing, serious, emotional, psychological, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, rebelliousness, boarding school life, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, violence, bully, humiliation, hardcase students, child abuse, private school ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ 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: captivating, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, wrongful imprisonment ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 2K
Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, serious, sincere, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: gang, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch, performer's life, crime, drug dealing, going straight, human spirit, prison, prison life, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.6
 749
Born Innocent (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment from her peers and her own abusive family, and only one ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, runaway, prison, brutality, rape, riot, innocence lost, teenage life, teenager, bureaucracy, worker, family ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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