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, uplifting, sincere, compassionate, emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, lawyer, gay, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, lawsuit, prejudice, court, judiciary, trial, homosexual, human spirit, discrimination, lgbt, unfulfillment, hiv, gay slur, dying, partner, legal action, against the odds, tragedy, courtroom, injustice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania

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Most similar movies to Philadelphia

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, death, hopes, terminal illness, hospital and aids mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Philadelphia: Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Erin Brockovich (2000), Forrest Gump (1994), A Civil Action (1998), 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, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, terminal illness, transsexual, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 161K
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
Plot: against the odds, relationship vs career, justice, single mother, lawyer, righting the wronged, contamination, court, uncover truth, fighting the system, corruption, environmental ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.6M
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, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, life philosophy, true love, odd, journey, misfit, tragic love, love, love and romance, human relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 26K
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, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, trial, small town, law firm, lawsuit, leukemia, legal investigation, uncover truth, reach out, righting the wronged, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., massachusetts, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.7
 33K
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: tense, serious, touching, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, character study, redemption, courtroom, self esteem, fighting the system, injustice, coma, dishonesty, legal action, workplace situations, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, sincere ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, friendship, gay, death, lgbt, gays and lesbians, love and romance, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 37K
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, sincere, thought provoking, factual ...
Plot: feminism, sexual harassment, rape, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, fighting the system, sexism, against the odds, labor union, financial problem, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 461
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, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: aids, gay, hiv, human spirit, fighting the system, rising to stardom, hopes, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, idealism, deadly virus ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, miami, latin america, cuba, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, talky, uplifting, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, gay, hiv, doctor, epidemic, terminal illness, deadly virus, virus, fighting the system, rivalry, social activist, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, africa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, terminal illness, life is a bitch, friendship, homosexual, protest, fear, epidemic, prejudice, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1982, year 1983, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, realistic, biting, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, courtroom drama, car accident, disability, doctors and patients, down on your luck, legal action, legal, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, captivating, sincere, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: coming out, aids, gay, lawyer, parents and children, hopes, unfulfillment, gender, terminal illness, life is a bitch, workplace situations, workplace ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 520
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, serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: gay, terminal illness, aids, estrangement, hospital, parents and children, family problems, friendship, gays and lesbians, family relations, small town, homosexual ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, california, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 147
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: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere
Plot: friendship, gay, buddies, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, politics, friends, terminal illness, couples, society, gender ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 137K
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: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, parenthood, father daughter relationship, lawyer, child custody, custody, social services, fighting the system, human spirit, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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: thought provoking, serious, touching, realistic, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, father daughter conflict, uncover truth, parents and children, hopes, father daughter relationship, legal investigation, fighting the system, against the odds, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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: touching, realistic, uplifting, sincere, serious ...
Plot: hospital, pregnancy, terminal illness, human spirit, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, heroic mission, child illness, doctors and patients, legal action, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
...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, touching, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, hopes, terminal illness, society, rebellion, custody, death in the family, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family in crisis, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, self discovery, family life, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, child birth, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, best friends, aids, loss of son, coming of age, young heroes, hopes, parents and children, family relations, friends, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, serious, gloomy, touching
Plot: aids, gays and lesbians, homosexual, lgbt, belief, gay slur, health situation, gender, acceptance, social differences, christmas, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ 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: disturbing, captivating, talky, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: small town, courtroom, society, injustice, rebellion, school, rivalry, fighting the system, dishonesty, against the odds, rebelliousness, courtroom drama ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 22K
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: thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, law firm, lawsuit, courtroom, against the odds, righting the wronged, legal action, public health, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: district attorney, adoption, gay relationship, homosexual, gay adoption, teenage boy, gay parent, down syndrome, negligence, gender, acceptance, courtroom drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 121K
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, sincere, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, small town, rape, legal action, court, revenge, injustice, trial, punishment, lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.2
 965
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: touching, sentimental, gloomy, sincere, serious ...
Plot: investigation, couple relations, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, gender, human nature, terminal illness, couples, family problems, family relations, lgbt ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 735
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: serious, realistic, disturbing, sexual, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, museum, lawsuit, jury, courtroom, s&m, sexual perversion, family in danger, rebelliousness, society, rebellion, courtroom drama ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 157K
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, politics, politician, civil rights, homosexual, election, protest, mayor, murder, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, year 1978, year 1976 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: power relations, midlife crisis, ambition, rivalry, obsessive quest, heroic mission, life is a bitch, family relations, couples, family life, dishonesty, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: aids, friendship, gay, couples, lifestyle, gender, unfulfillment, writer's life, artists and showbiz, couple relations, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%