Movies like Mister Johnson

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Mister Johnson (1990)
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Mister Johnson (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity -- an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives or the British. He works for the local British magistrate, and considers himself English, though he has never been to England. He is always scheming, trying to get ahead, which lands him in a lot of hot water.
Style: psychological, touching, uplifting, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: trafficking, worker, wife beater, misfit, racism, interracial relations, against the odds, human spirit, discrimination, social differences, unemployment, society, small town, boss and employee, fish out of water, culture clash, power relations, british colonial, party, wedding, corruption, racist, execution, british colonialism, hit in the face ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: africa, nigeria

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about society, racism, interracial relations, family relations, life is a bitch, hopes and discrimination mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Mister Johnson: Chocolate (1988), The Fringe Dwellers (1986), Amexicano (2007), Nightjohn (1996), Black Cloud (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Chocolate (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Cameroon
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, racism, colonialism, coming of age, culture clash, parents and children, social differences, jazz, discrimination, profanity, strong female presence, power relations ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, france, paris france
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The Fringe Dwellers (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: racism, fish out of water, pregnancy, interracial relations, social differences, parents and children, family life, culture clash, family relations, couples, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 70s
Place: australia
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Amexicano (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A look at the bond between an illegal immigrant and a blue-collar Italian-American from Queens.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, humorous
Plot: friendship, social differences, deportation, society, immigrants, working class, human nature, unemployment, culture clash, interracial friendship, unrequited love, unlikely hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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69%
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Nightjohn (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Charles Burnett directs this movie about John, a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: he can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: fighting the system, slave, plantation, literacy, reading, teaching, against the odds, human spirit, discrimination, life is a bitch, hopes, society ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Black Cloud (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Black Cloud, is an inspirational story about a young Navajo, Native American boxer, who overcomes personal challenges as he comes to terms with his heritage, while fighting his way for a spot on the US Olympic boxing team.
Style: uplifting, serious, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: native american, boxer, against the odds, ambition, rivalry, racism, human spirit, society, hopes, self discovery, love, underdog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, nevada, arizona
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64%
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Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, talky
Plot: interracial relations, racism, civil rights movement, social activism, protest, racial prejudice, discrimination, social differences, human spirit, fighting the system, rebellion, social decay ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
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56%
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Door to Door (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sometimes the true heroes in our lives are those people who inspire us not with their superhuman accomplishments but simply by their refusal to give up in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and the dignity in which they go about their lives. ...
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, feel good, realistic
Plot: human spirit, cerebral palsy, salesman, against the odds, disability, changing lives, misfit, underdog, ambition, hopes, society, americana ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon
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56%
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Bopha! (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In this story of a black policeman during South African apartheid, Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist government. When his son gets involved in the anti-apartheid ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting
Plot: racism, parents and children, discrimination, political unrest, idealism, moral dilemma, human spirit, family life, rebelliousness, injustice, family problems, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa
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56%
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The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, fall in love, human nature, social differences, parents and children, feminism, society, pregnancy, working class, soldier, injustice, interracial relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, mississippi, virginia
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56%
America So Beautiful (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This film follows the odyssey of a group of Iranian immigrants in Los Angeles, trying to find their place in America amidst the unfolding of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: disco, racism, lifestyle, follow your dream, culture clash, injustice, interracial relations, nightlife, misfit, society, nightclub, immigrants ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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56%
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, society, crimes, social decay, introspection, discrimination, life is a bitch, injustice, small town, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
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53%
Letters from Alou (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of Africans clandestinely reaches the coast of southern Spain. Among them is Alou, a 28 years old Senegalese. As all his belongings are stolen while in Almería, he has no choice but to engage in street vending. His only pleasure are the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: immigrants, racism, discrimination, culture clash, optimism, starting over, fish out of water, misfit, hopes, society, racist, interracial friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain, catalonia
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51%
The Kitchen Toto (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.
Style: sincere, disturbing, serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: politics, domestic disturbance, coming of age, danger, rebellion, society, state affairs, master and servant, youth, life is a bitch, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: kenya, africa
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50%
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, storytelling, racial issues, interracial relations, hopes, social relations, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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49%
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Snow in August (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a world filled with hatred, their only hope was magic. Believe and anything can happen.
Style: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friendship, racism, culture clash, society, anti semitism, haunted by the past, injustice, gang, human spirit, youth, life is a bitch, rabbi ...
Place: czech republic, new york
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49%
Sudie and Simpson (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A television movie about the friendship that develops between a young white girl and an older black man in a racist, rural Georgia town during the 1940s.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, racism, false accusation, small town, injustice, bittersweet, coming of age, society, life is a bitch, youth, opposites attract ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
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49%
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Ricochet River (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: hree teenagers looking for adventure find more than they expected in this coming-of-age drama. High school seniors Wade (Jason James Richter) and Lorna (Kate Hudson) have spent all their lives in the small logging town of Calamus Grove, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, culture clash, self discovery, interracial relations, teenage life, love and romance, society, best friends, social misfits, on the road, small town, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: oregon, usa
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49%
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, couple relations, parents and children, social differences, rich and poor, follow your dream, single parent, interracial relations, racial discrimination ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Under the Pines (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young widow wants to carry on with her husband's work:managing a pine plantation where they extract resin;but most of all,she wants to have electricity installed in her valuable property.In this place,it seems that 1789 never happened and ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: working class, social decay, against the odds, society, follow your dream, small town, social relations, family relations, class struggle, worker, strike, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: europe, france
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46%
A Cooler Climate (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Iris is broke after her divorce and takes a job working as a housekeeper for a wealthy woman named Paula. When Paula and her husband separate, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the women.
Style: talky, contemplative, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: housekeeper, human nature, friendship, culture clash, strong female presence, bittersweet, power relations, couples, friends, family relations, family problems, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, maine
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45%
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White Water (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: ...
Style: touching, suspenseful, serious, sentimental, realistic
Plot: young heroes, missing child, youth, discrimination, obsession, parents and children, interracial relations, family problems, racism, danger, family relations, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: alabama, usa
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44%
Faith Like Potatoes (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life in KwaZulu ...
Style: christian film, serious, sincere, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: friendship, farm, starting over, human spirit, political unrest, hopes, social differences, religions or cults, food, society, redemption, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, south africa
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44%
Ocean of Pearls (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: As a Sikh man with a full beard and turban, AMRIT SINGH is often the target of racial profiling. But when he sees his dreams of becoming Chief of Surgery at a state-of-the-art transplant center dwindle because of his appearance, Amrit goes against a ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: sikh, culture clash, doctors and patients, workplace, discrimination, surgeon, ambition, immigrants, parents and children, hospital, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, detroit, toronto ontario canada, michigan
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43%
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As Summers Die (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Set in a sleepy Southern Louisiana town in 1959, a lawyer, searches for justice as he volunteers to help a black woman whose property is being threatened by the Holts, the first family of the town, after she refuses to sell her valuable land.
Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: interracial relations, family problems, injustice, social relations, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, society, legal, racism, small town, rich and poor, idealism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: georgia, usa, louisiana, southern usa
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43%
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South of Pico (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Austria
Duration: 86 min.
Story: "South of Pico" is an emotionally charged drama in which four strangers witness an unimaginable tragedy and are catapulted into the defining moment of their lives. Set in present day Los Angeles, a chauffeur, a waitress, a doctor and a ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: interracial relations, graphic violence, society, physician, driver, winning, cigarette smoking, wedding dress, doctor, chauffeur, boy, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles
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41%
A Gathering of Old Men (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer is shot in self defense. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing of a white ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: racism, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, golden years, false accusation, friendship, interracial relations, discrimination, americana, crimes, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: louisiana, usa
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40%
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, feel good ...
Plot: school, island, interracial relations, family relations, teacher, racism, power relations, high school, teachers and students, human spirit, culture clash, college life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Learning Tree (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story, set in Kansas during the 1920's, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The family relationships and enmities, the fears, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: countryside, racism, small town, murder, coming of age, family relations, society, witnessing a crime, kids in trouble, small town life, introspection, interracial relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: kansas, usa
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40%
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Ellen Foster (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.
Style: touching, emotional, bleak, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, innocence lost, leaving home, society, youth, hopes, unfulfillment, family problems, self fulfillment, human spirit, against the odds, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
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40%
...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Twelve-year-old Mexican-American Marcos (Jose Alcala) recalls the hardships of the previous year, reflecting on the arduous trek his migrant-worker family made from Texas to the Midwest during harvest season. Along the way, Marcos learns plenty ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, family relations, society, life is a bitch, youth, hopes, misfit, bittersweet, innocence lost, down on your luck, culture clash ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: minnesota, texas
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39%