Movies like Ragtime

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Ragtime (1981)
 7.3
 9K
Ragtime (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.
Style: clever, sincere, touching, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic, controversial, disturbing, talky ...
Audience: kids
Plot: racism, american dream, vandalism, siege, pianist, piano, racial injustice, jazz, firefighter, nudity (full frontal - brief), fighting the system, politics, couple relations, injustice, life is a bitch, interracial relations, graphic violence, artists and showbiz, social differences, society, urban, couples, dishonesty, self control, americana ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, harlem manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...

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Most similar movies to Ragtime

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and talky films with plots about society, racism, life is a bitch, injustice, interracial relations, redemption and storytelling mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Ragtime: Blood Done Sign My Name (2010), Cradle Will Rock (1999), Jasper, Texas (2003), Freedom Song (2000), Daniel (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, captivating, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, social decay, introspection, discrimination, crimes, life is a bitch, society, injustice, small town, arson ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
Style: talky, disturbing, serious, realistic, entertaining ...
Plot: artist, congress, politics, communism, injustice, society, actor's life, rich and poor, racism, celebrity culture, power relations, ventriloquist ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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 500
Jasper, Texas (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it affected all of the residents of the town, both black and white.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, sincere
Plot: racism, small town, social decay, social differences, investigation, fighting the system, african american, crimes, deadly, society, life is a bitch, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 7.2
 835
Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, life is a bitch, rebellion, teenage life, parents and children, injustice, society, hopes, politics, americana ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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 1K
Daniel (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The fictionalized story of Daniel, the son of Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed as Soviet spies in the 1950s. As a graduate student in New York in the 1960s, Daniel is involved in the antiwar protest movement and contrasts his ...
Style: realistic, psychological, sincere, serious, contemplative
Plot: espionage, uncover truth, racism, injustice, politics, undercover, betrayal, state affairs, false accusation, life is a bitch, dishonesty, legal ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 6.5
 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: controversial, disturbing, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, interracial relations, militant, black panther party, black panthers, revolution, politics, life is a bitch, fighting the system, dishonesty, state affairs, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 7.2
 804
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, serious, realistic, talky
Plot: interracial relations, racism, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, social differences, discrimination, society, politics, journalism, hopes, leadership ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.7
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, parents and children, human nature, rich and poor, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 3K
The Intruder (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.
Style: disturbing, sincere, gloomy, tense, biting ...
Plot: racism, false accusation, small town, manipulation, political unrest, small town life, social differences, violence spree, social decay, interracial relations, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the 1920s, the rights of American workers to join a labor union was still considered an open question, and African-Americans were routinely denied their civil and economic rights. 10,000 Black Men Named George, the title, refers to the fact ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, tense, contemplative ...
Plot: labor union, interracial relations, fighting the system, ambition, rise to the top, injustice, social decay, life is a bitch, journalism, rebellion, society, workplace ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.5
 17K
Jungle Fever (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: sexy, emotional, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, interracial relations, love affair, social differences, society, romance, couples, infidelity, black man white woman relationship, prejudice, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In ...
Style: epic, touching, sincere, emotional, non-linear ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, slavery, interracial relations, hopes, americana, human spirit, idealism, social differences, redemption, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1960s, 1860s
Place: southern usa, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.3
 22K
Manderlay (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, psychological, intense ...
Plot: slavery, racism, interracial relations, freedom, social differences, righting the wronged, liberal, discrimination, society, blacks and whites, injustice, understanding ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: sentimental, sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, parents and children, couple relations, social differences, rich and poor, follow your dream, single parent, interracial relations, racial discrimination ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.3
 10K
Norma Rae (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: labor union, small town, working class, fighting the system, against the odds, whistleblower, factory worker, factory, labor, union, single mother, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.4
 1K
Paris Trout (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Paris Trout is a vile Southern bigot. He owns a store and is a loanshark. He often sues people, and so his lawyer, Harry Seagraves, eventually meets Paris' wife Hannah. A former schoolteacher, she made the mistake of her life when she married ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, psychological, biting, suspense ...
Plot: racism, small town, family relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), murder, injustice, domestic disturbance, society, courtroom drama, small town life, graphic violence, crimes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.3
 5K
True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, rivalry, dishonesty, manipulations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.0
 350
The City (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, lottery, family relations, culture clash, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, social differences, racism, family in crisis, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, mexico, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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The Iceman Cometh (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: Set in 1912, the entire film takes place inside a dive bar named The Last Chance Saloon, where its destitute patrons eagerly await the arrival of Hickey, who arrives annually and props everyone up with free drinks and spirited stories of his ...
Style: talky, serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: alcoholic, prostitute, bar, life is a bitch, society, unemployment, bartender, pimp, betrayal, alcohol abuse, confession, traveling salesman ...
Time: 1910s, year 1912
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the daughters of the first African-American Episcopal ...
Style: emotional, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: discrimination, interracial relations, racism, dentist, life is a bitch, lifestyle, journalism, society, family relations, college life, siblings relations, college ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: new york, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.2
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Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, realistic, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, against the odds, writer's life, female bonding, smuggling, female protagonist, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1950s, 50s ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, austria, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.8
 519
Native Son (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.
Style: biting, realistic, serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, interracial relations, paranoia, chauffeur, social misfits, crime, master and servant, deadly, power relations, injustice, social differences, fugitives ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 7.3
 12K
Talk Radio (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, talky, tense, serious ...
Plot: radio, radio show, racism, radio dj, anonymity, media, liberal, dangerous, media satire, murder, death, paranoid ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: emotional, touching, sincere, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, golden years, life is a bitch, friendship, americana, false accusation, discrimination, interracial relations, legal, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.9
 1K
Walkout (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: discrimination, society, rebellion, teachers and students, politics, righting the wronged, lifestyle, fighting the system, rebelliousness, dedicated educator, against the odds, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 8.0
 422K
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, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, civil rights, writers, storytelling, interracial relations, racial issues, racial segregation, blacks and whites, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.1
 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, serious, nostalgic ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, teenage life, interracial relations, youth, clergy, society, parents and children, family relations, friends ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.5
 749
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, contemplative, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: lawsuit, politics, jury, museum, courtroom, courtroom drama, against the rules, fighting the system, society, perversion, righting the wronged, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.4
 1K
Shadrach (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, slave, slavery, society, social differences, human nature, bittersweet, injustice, friends, family problems, racism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%