Movies like Ragtime

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Ragtime (1981)
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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: sexy, clever, tense, light, unusual plot structure, humorous, suspense, melancholic, witty, talky ...
Audience: kids
Plot: racism, racial injustice, fighting the system, nudity (full frontal - brief), jazz, friendship, female nudity, murder, anarchist, racial slur, catastrophe, gangsters, distopia, music, violence, obsession, betrayal, male nudity, justice, pianist, brutality, corruption, runaway, childhood, sexualized violence ...
Time: victorian era, 1930s, 20th century, 1910s, 90s, pre world war one, 18th century ...
Place: london, new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, philadelphia, lower east side manhattan new york city ...

Most similar movies to Ragtime

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and thought provoking films with plots about society, racism, life is a bitch, storytelling, mentor, runaway and injustice mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like Ragtime: Cradle Will Rock (1999), Jasper, Texas (2003), Blood Done Sign My Name (2010), Panther (1995), Freedom Song (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, entertaining, intellectual, factual, serious ...
Plot: art, artist, politics, depression, communism, world politics, capitalism, greed, congress, adaptation, manipulation, justice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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, sincere, disturbing
Plot: african american, racism, small town, investigation, fighting the system, social differences, social decay, society, crimes, life is a bitch, human spirit, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 90s
Place: austin texas, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, discrimination, social decay, introspection, injustice, society, life is a bitch, crimes, small town life, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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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: political, disturbing, suspense, entertaining, harsh ...
Plot: black panthers, conspiracy, racism, revolution, politics, african american, drugs, violence, civil rights movement, world politics, women, greed ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: california, vietnam, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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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: thought provoking, sincere, captivating, emotional, tense ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, injustice, discrimination, parents and children, americana, teenage life, hopes, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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: psychotronic, political, suspense, biting, talky ...
Plot: racism, lynch mob, ku klux klan, exploitation, false accusation, small town, manipulation, social relations, bishop, injustice, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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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, serious, sincere, contemplative
Plot: espionage, injustice, uncover truth, racism, betrayal, politics, undercover, state affairs, vietnam war, false accusation, dishonesty, legal ...
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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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, realistic, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, romance, interracial relations, racism, drug addiction, love affair, black man white woman relationship, prejudice, infidelity, social differences, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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: political, inspirational, touching, suspense, feel good ...
Plot: labor union, working class, small town, courage, women, fighting the system, union, labor, workplace, business, jewish, friendship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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, philosophical, thought provoking, bleak, art house ...
Plot: racism, slavery, freedom, fighting the system, interracial relations, idealism, plantation, righting the wronged, social differences, liberal, society, blacks and whites ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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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, intense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, homeless, redemption, mental illness, halloween, couple relations, human nature, rich and poor, parents and children, buddies, best friends, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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: sexy, clever, talky, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, blindness, runaway, courtroom, lawyer, murder, prejudice, redemption, unlikely friendships, women, secrets, small town ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, tense, realistic ...
Plot: racism, labor union, interracial relations, rise to the top, ambition, fighting the system, injustice, life is a bitch, rebellion, journalism, workplace, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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The City (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.
Style: stylized, inspirational, visually appealing, allegory, harsh ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, culture clash, money, school, photographer, poverty, father daughter relationship, male nudity, multiple storylines, childhood, workplace ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, mexico, latin america, new jersey, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: neo noir, suspense, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: children, lawyer, redneck, marital rape, politically correct, abusive relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), family relations, small town, racism, graphic violence, injustice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, emotional, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, rich and poor, couple relations, parents and children, social differences, follow your dream, single parent, racial discrimination, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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, captivating, serious, thought provoking, erotic ...
Plot: museum, art, lawsuit, courtroom, jury, politics, courtroom drama, fighting the system, against the rules, rebelliousness, sexual abuse, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, 80s
Place: usa, ohio, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: racism, friendship, civil rights, coming of age, teenage life, teenage girl, single father, haunted by the past, african american, racial segregation, interracial relations, family business ...
Time: year 1964, 60s, 20th century
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: talky, intense, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, friendship, manipulation, betrayal, legal action, college, corruption, society, political intrigue, campaign, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, california, virginia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic ...
Style: sexy, talky, intellectual, light, dramatic ...
Plot: male nudity, friendship, violence, catholicism, redemption, morality, female nudity, sex, rape, sexual fantasy, violent, crime gone awry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, europe, italy, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, society, life is a bitch, unemployment, anarchist, bartender, prostitute, confession, drug addiction, traveling salesman, addiction, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 1910s, year 1912
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: realistic, touching, dramatic, talky, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, jewish, religion, father son relationship, culture clash, chosen one, judaism, rabbi, jewish culture, orthodox jew, mentor ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, israel, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, disturbing, gloomy, intense ...
Plot: great depression, depression, dancing, suicidal, culture clash, social decay, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, contest, competition, down on your luck ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, california, new york, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, is on the brink of failure. The grandson of a Chinese railroad laborer embarks on a romantic, but ultimately doomed, quest to ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: railway, racism, train, ambition, obsessive quest, society, escapades, friends, obsession, against the odds, self discovery, americana ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two
Place: usa, california, new york, san francisco, pasadena california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: racism, dentist, discrimination, interracial relations, journalism, society, life is a bitch, lifestyle, family relations, college life, college, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: north carolina, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.7
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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, atmospheric, suspense, intense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, redemption, lawyer, character study, legal action, justice, fighting the system, court, legal, investigation, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.4
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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: sexy, sentimental, touching, emotional, bad ending ...
Plot: slavery, segregation, slave, african american, old man, distopia, manipulation, god, civil war, creativity, race, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 1930s
Place: virginia, usa, alabama, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Places in the Heart (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, emotional, christian film ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, family outing
Plot: farm, great depression, racism, ku klux klan, blindness, survival, small town, friendship, bittersweet, redemption, poverty, nature ...
Time: 1930s, year 1984, 20th century, year 1935, 80s
Place: texas, austin texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Front (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Style: sexy, thought provoking, humorous, clever, melancholic ...
Plot: writers, politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, fighting the system, lawyer, paranoia, hotel, brainwashing, paranoid, propaganda ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: new york, usa, europe, florence, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: thought provoking, talky, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, lawyer, fighting the system, legal, society, rebellion, crimes, injustice, discrimination, courtroom, interracial relations, torture ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%