Movies like Philadelphia

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Philadelphia (1993)
 7.7
 200K
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, sad, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, captivating, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, lawyer, gays and lesbians, gay, legal action, lawsuit, terminal illness, against the odds, judiciary, prejudice, partner, dying, courtroom, court, trial, homosexual, gay slur, dedicated lawyer, rock, hiv, discrimination, underdog, human spirit, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa

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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, lawyer, fighting the system, hopes, hospital and terminal illness mostly in Drama, Biography and Thriller genres. Some movies like Philadelphia: Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Erin Brockovich (2000), North Country (2005), And the Band Played On (1993), The Verdict (1982). 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, realistic, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, life is a bitch, terminal illness, treatment, human spirit, gays and lesbians, strong sexual content, gender, hopes, transsexual, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 152K
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, touching, uplifting, factual, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: against the odds, justice, righting the wronged, relationship vs career, fighting the system, lawyer, single mother, contamination, uncover truth, environmental, court, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, rapist, price of justice, fighting the system, court, small town, against the odds, love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
And the Band Played On (1993)
Genre: Drama
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, talky, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, terminal illness, gay, virus, deadly virus, epidemic, hiv, doctor, gays and lesbians, lgbt, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, africa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 7.8
 31K
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: talky, clever, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, character study, courtroom, court, coma, hospital, bishop, lawsuit, self esteem, legal action, pinball machine ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
It's My Party (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A gathering of friends. A gift of love. A celebration of life.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, gay, death, friendship, gays and lesbians, lgbt, hiv, parents and children, friends, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 25K
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, small town, leukemia, trial, law firm, lawsuit, plaintiff, bankruptcy, obsession, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: massachusetts, washington d.c., boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 450
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, thought provoking
Plot: aids, gay, hiv, gays and lesbians, fighting the system, lgbt, human spirit, idealism, terminal illness, gender, hospital, hotel ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: cuba, miami, san francisco, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: coming out, aids, gay, lawyer, gays and lesbians, parents and children, hiv, family in crisis, terminal illness, gender, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, sincere, touching, realistic, talky ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, aids, homosexual, terminal illness, gay, life is a bitch, couple relations, epidemic, friendship, plague, homosexuality, seduction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1982, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, washington d.c., yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 1K
Citizen Cohn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: politics, hotshot lawyer, aids, hospital, gays and lesbians, rise and fall, introspection, terminal illness, society, unfulfillment, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s, year 1954 ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, jury, district attorney, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Original Intent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Matthew Cameron (Jay Richardson) is a lawyer undergoing a midlife crisis despite having a seemingly perfect life with his wife, advertising executive Jessica (Candy Clark), and his young son. When he champions a homeless shelter facing eviction, his ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, legal action, courtroom drama, family life, injustice, legal, mentally unstable, obsessive quest, against the odds, heroic mission, midlife crisis, ambition ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 6K
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: clever, talky, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, father daughter conflict, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, estranged daughter, uncover truth, idealism, parents and children, corporate crimes, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, car accident, courtroom drama, disability, dedicated lawyer, legal action, judge, artist, human spirit, doctors and patients, fighting the system, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 133K
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, father daughter relationship, child custody, lawyer, locked door, children's book, social services, parenthood, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: aids, gay brother, bereavement, family life, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, human nature, introspection, self discovery, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, emotional, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: aids, gay, friendship, gays and lesbians, hiv, lgbt, terminal illness, artists and showbiz, gender, life is a bitch, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 6.7
 728
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: talky, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: museum, courtroom, politics, s&m, lawsuit, jury, fighting the system, against the rules, sexual abuse, courtroom drama, family in danger, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.2
 66
Buddies (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Buddies is a 1985 American drama film. It is the first film to deal with the AIDS pandemic, preceding the television movie An Early Frost (also released in 1985). Directed by Arthur J. Bressan Jr., who would die of complications from AIDS two years ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: friendship, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, hiv, lgbt, aids, gender, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, buddies, politics, society ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 298
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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: hospital, pregnancy, terminal illness, fighting the system, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, countryside, human spirit, child illness, small town, doctors and patients, coming out ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, crime, courtroom drama, dishonesty, law enforcement, racism, courtroom, legal action, legal investigation, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 115K
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: suspense, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, courtroom, legal action, rape, court, small town, underdog, trial, racial tension, lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 1K
Test (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: San Francisco, 1985. Two opposites attract at a modern dance company. Together, their courage and resilience are tested as they navigate a world full of risks and promise, against the backdrop of a disease no one seems to know anything about.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, aids, gender, gay relationship, dancer's life, opposites attract, friendship, terminal illness, artists and showbiz, friends, gay sex, gay ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1985
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.9
 12K
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: serious, tense, thought provoking, talky, clever ...
Plot: jury, legal action, courtroom drama, legal, uncover truth, social differences, doubts and hesitations, false accusation, argument, lawyer, evidence, revelation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 472
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: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: coming out, aids, guilt, hospital, terminal illness, estrangement, family life, gays and lesbians, single parent, small town, dealing with death, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, san diego california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, captivating, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: divorce, custody battle, courtroom, marriage, child custody, selfishness, lawyer, family, father son relationship, family problems, single father, breakup ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, serious, talky, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, dedicated lawyer, school, hotshot lawyer, journalism, legal action, idealism, courtroom drama, religions or cults, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 21K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, courtroom, law firm, lawsuit, cocaine, underdog, dedicated lawyer, drugs/alcohol, courtroom drama, legal action, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1998, year 1995
Place: usa, washington d.c., houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
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: serious, touching, realistic, gloomy, thought provoking
Plot: gays and lesbians, aids, homosexual, fall in love, lgbt, gender, life is a bitch, love and romance, social differences, terminal illness, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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