Movies like Philadelphia

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Philadelphia (1993)
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Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.
Style: touching, thought provoking, sincere, uplifting, compassionate, emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, lawyer, terminal illness, homosexual, lawsuit, prejudice, gay, judiciary, lgbt, hiv, gay slur, discrimination, gays and lesbians, trial, human spirit, court, legal action, against the odds, tragedy, injustice, unfulfillment, courtroom, dying, partner ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about life is a bitch, society, hopes, death, fighting the system, mentor and terminal illness mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Philadelphia: Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Verdict (1982), A Civil Action (1998), North Country (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, transsexual, death, life is a bitch, terminal illness, gay slur, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, united states, dallas texas, china ...
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100%
 7.3
 170K
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: captivating, factual, touching, uplifting, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: justice, against the odds, lawyer, relationship vs career, single mother, contamination, righting the wronged, court, society, uncover truth, fighting the system, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 35K
The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, character study, redemption, fighting the system, legal action, self esteem, injustice, coma, dishonesty, introspection, workplace situations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 27K
A Civil Action (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, law firm, leukemia, uncover truth, legal investigation, legal, price of justice, reach out, corporate crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, massachusetts, washington d.c., new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: 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, financial problem, labor union, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
It's My Party (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A gathering of friends. A gift of love. A celebration of life.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, gay, friendship, death, family relations, euthanasia, lgbt, parents and children, gays and lesbians, friends, gender ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 469
Pedro (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An intimate biopic of Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive Cuban-American, who was cast for the MTV reality show, The Real World: San Francisco, in 1994. Due to his experience on the Real World, Pedro became a celebrity and a sympathetic face of the AIDS ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: aids, hiv, fighting the system, ambition, human spirit, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, hopes, terminal illness, tv show, society, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: cuba, usa, latin america, san francisco, miami ...
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36%
 7.5
 128K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, legal action, injustice, justice, small town, rape, court, revenge, legal, trial ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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And the Band Played On (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.
Style: touching, uplifting, disturbing, compassionate, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, deadly virus, terminal illness, hiv, doctor, gay, epidemic, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, hopes, social activist ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, africa, france, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.8
 1.7M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, life philosophy, destiny, true love, journey, storytelling, rise to the top, odd, human relationship, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, san francisco, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
The Normal Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: gay, aids, gays and lesbians, homosexual, terminal illness, life is a bitch, friendship, protest, fear, epidemic, prejudice, gay couple ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1983, year 1982 ...
Place: new york, usa, yale university, manhattan new york city, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
An Early Frost (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in the mid-eighties Michael Pierson, a young gay man, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. He's forced to be open about the disease and his homosexuality for the first time with his co-workers (he's a successful lawyer) and ...
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, sincere, touching ...
Plot: coming out, aids, family relations, lawyer, workplace, family in crisis, workplace situations, gender, family problems, terminal illness, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk and move his head, and he wants to die. Whilst he is in hospital he makes friends with some ...
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, courtroom drama, car accident, disability, down on your luck, life turned upside down, power relations, society, misfit, fighting the system, paralysis, rebellion ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Finland, Norway
Duration: 174 min.
Story: When Rasmus gets of the train at the Central Station in Stockholm in September 1982 he leaves the little city of Koppom behind, to never go back. Young and beautiful he throws himself out in the gay Stockholm. Benjamin is a Jehova'’s ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy
Plot: aids, lgbt, gays and lesbians, gay, gay slur, hiv, terminal illness, fall in love, homosexual, family disapproval, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: stockholm sweden, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 301
My Own Country (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After obtaining his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Dr. Abraham Verghese decides to re-locate to Johnson City, Tennessee. He eventually gets married to Rajani, who is an accomplished dancer, and has a boy, Steven. Since Abraham ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: hospital, pregnancy, terminal illness, family relations, aids, coming out, fish out of water, small town life, fighting the system, couples, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 570
Our Sons (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Our Sons is a 1991 made-for-TV movie starring Julie Andrews and Ann-Margret as two mothers of gay sons, one of whom is dying of AIDS. As a small town waitress, Ann-Margret's character must overcome her own homophobia and learn to love her son ...
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: gay, terminal illness, aids, estrangement, family relations, hospital, parents and children, friendship, family problems, small town, gays and lesbians, denial ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, california, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 6K
Any Day Now (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the family he's never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight the legal ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, district attorney, gay relationship, gay slur, gay, gay parent, gay adoption, fighting the system, courtroom drama, rivalry, legal, civil rights ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
 7K
Class Action (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah alienated daughter Maggie years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, father daughter conflict, parents and children, hopes, uncover truth, father daughter relationship, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, fighting the system, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 7.7
 141K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, custody, father daughter relationship, lawyer, social services, parenthood, single parent, single father, child custody, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 745
Dirty Pictures (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Style: disturbing, serious, captivating, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: lawsuit, s&m, courtroom, jury, politics, museum, fighting the system, courtroom drama, against the rules, rebellion, perversion, legal ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 162K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, mayor, politics, gay slur, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1975, year 1970 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.7
 9K
The Cure (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, best friends, aids, loss of son, coming of age, bittersweet, parents and children, young heroes, hopes, friends, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, new orleans, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Longtime Companion (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, gay, friendship, nudity (full frontal - brief), writer's life, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couple relations, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 6.8
 10K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, childbirth, pregnancy, self discovery, couple relations, family life, child birth, life is a bitch, parents and children, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 1K
Heavens Fall (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Successful New York attorney Sam Leibowitz travels to the South in 1933 to defend nine young black men accused of raping two women on an Alabama freight train.
Style: serious, sincere, disturbing, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: false accusation, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, racism, dishonesty, fighting the system, state affairs, dedicated lawyer, human spirit, legal action, life is a bitch ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, alabama, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.9
 13K
12 Angry Men (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, argument, murder, legal action, uncover truth, trial, legal, hopes, society, injustice, lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.2
 992
The Event (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district. Nick, a district attorney investigating the ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: investigation, family relations, lgbt, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, couples, family problems, gender, human nature, life is a bitch, couple relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
Style: clever, sincere, talky, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: small town, courtroom, journalism, religions or cults, power relations, dishonesty, against the odds, fighting the system, small town life, hotshot lawyer, legal action, media ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, doctors and patients, unfulfillment, death in the family, child illness, hopes, human spirit, family life, small town life, fighting the system, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In a senseless act of hatred, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. This critically-acclaimed, moving film recounts the final days of Matthew's killers' trial—and the weeks leading to Matthew's ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak
Plot: gay slur, gay lead character, murder, gays and lesbians, courtroom drama, social decay, juvenile delinquency, society, legal, life is a bitch, legal action, hate crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998
Place: wyoming, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%