Movies and TV shows like Roots 1977

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Roots (1977)
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Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
TV show
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, thought provoking, touching, emotional, sincere, serious, epic, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: slavery, racism, family history, civil war, american civil war, slave trade, human spirit, interracial relations, escape attempt, freedom, injustice, discrimination, social problems, african american, generation gap, life is a bitch, revolution, americana, master and servant, state affairs, justice, american south, rape, tribe, family relations ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s, 70s
Place: usa, africa, tennessee, england

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and emotional films and TV series with plots about society, slavery, racism, african american, life is a bitch, hopes and interracial relations mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Roots: The Book of Negroes (2015), Queen (1993), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Amistad (1997), Glory (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Book of Negroes (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 265 min.
TV show
Story: Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 19th century.
Style: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: american revolution, human spirit, slavery, life is a bitch, racism, hopes, injustice, society, escapades, confined, master and servant, black woman ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: usa, south carolina
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100%
 7.5
 2K
Queen (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 282 min.
TV show
Story: A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen. As Queen grows up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into the troubled world around her. She tries passing for ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: slavery, white male black female relationship, civil war, family relations, interracial relations, american civil war, social injustice, interracial romance, plantation, slave, racism, discrimination ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 840 min.
TV show
Story: The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.
Style: touching, emotional, epic, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: world war one, family relations, political unrest, racism, interracial relations, culture clash, american civil war, world war two, bittersweet, righting the wronged, injustice, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1880s, 1910s, 60s
Place: africa, usa, alabama, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 77K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed ...
Style: touching, emotional, political, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1840s, 1830s, victorian era
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.8
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Roots (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.
Style: captivating, suspense, rough, sincere
Plot: plantation, slavery, struggle for survival, parent child relationship, mentor protege relationship, american history, life is a bitch, humiliation, escape, ancestor, biracial, slave ...
Time: 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 134K
Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, freedom, slavery, racism, war, prejudice, glory, hopes, human spirit, civil war, heroic mission ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, new england, boston, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, atmospheric, bleak, factual, heartbreaking ...
Plot: slavery, racism, life is a bitch, freedom, interracial relations, torture, civil rights, master and servant, african american, survival, blacks and whites, human trafficking ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.1
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
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, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, hopes, civil rights, interracial relations, racial issues, social relations, racial segregation, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 251 min.
TV show
Story: Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: interracial romance, idealism, white male black female relationship, true love, interracial relations, dishonesty, social differences, opposites attract, leadership, romance, society, head of state ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, georgian era
Place: france, europe, virginia, washington d.c., paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mama Flora's Family (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Alex Haley's novel about a black matriarch in the early 20th century, this dramatic miniseries spotlights the struggle for social change. Cicely Tyson stars as Mama Flora, a woman determined to free her children from the bonds of ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, racism, false accusation, interracial relations, society, state affairs, hopes, life is a bitch, religions or cults, couples, family life, couple relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 354K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: rough, emotional, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, un, war crime, cruelty, war, massacre, corpse, refugee, atrocity, hotel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia, tanzania
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 290 min.
TV show
Story: Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, return to their neighboring homes to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments.
Style: tense, atmospheric, rough, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: civil war, american civil war, old west, violence spree, family relations, gunfight, rivalry, feud, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, post war, father son relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1870s, 1910s, 20th century ...
Place: west virginia, kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
North and South (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 561 min.
TV show
Story: Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.
Style: exciting, realistic, captivating, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: american civil war, love and romance, foe turned friend, friendship, espionage, family feud, slavery, military base, best friends, military, love triangle, battles ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s, 1850s, 1840s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Long Walk Home (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
Style: thought provoking, touching, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: segregation, racism, civil rights, friendship, bus, boycott, racial segregation, master and servant, bittersweet, power relations, couples, injustice ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
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, non-linear, captivating, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, injustice, discrimination, slavery, interracial relations, righting the wronged, social worker, americana, redemption, idealism, human spirit, social differences ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1860s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina that results in a violent retaliation from whites.
Style: factual, brutal, intense, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: slavery, preacher, rebellion, racism, rape, civil war, suffering, father son relationship, poverty, brother sister relationship, preaching, freedom ...
Time: 19th century
Place: virginia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Feast of All Saints (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.
Style: emotional, atmospheric, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, sexual content, social differences, human spirit, injustice, family relations, hopes, life is a bitch, discrimination, parents and children, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, haiti
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 260K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: emotional, epic, captivating, factual, political ...
Plot: idealism, american civil war, president, racism, head of state, civil war, american history, politics, historical character, courage, slavery, leadership ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Over Sarith En Caesar (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, Germany, South Africa
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A story about two half-sisters life in the eighteenth century Suriname. There is Lynda, a white colonial and slave owner, and her slave Mini-Mini's. While Lynda is slowly embittered by the hard life in the colony, Mini-Mini gets a chance at ...
Style: captivating, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: slavery, plantation, half sister, slave auction, imperialism, marriage, first love, rebelliousness, rebellion, family relations, family problems, society ...
Time: 18th century
Place: latin america, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 92K
Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, civil rights movement, justice, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights, racial segregation, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1963, year 1964
Place: alabama, usa, boston, southern usa, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 115K
The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: emotional, touching, thought provoking, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, blacks and whites, racism, white house, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama, south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 25K
Amazing Grace (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of William Wilberforce's courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Although meeting intense opposition, his minister, John Newton, urges him to see the cause through.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, factual ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: slavery, slave trade, politics, friendship, injustice, civil rights, musician, politician, mentor, father son relationship, freedom, rebelliousness ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, victorian era, 1780s ...
Place: england, london, paris france, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 29K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: american civil war, slavery, civil war, battles, military, war, soldier, heroic mission, civil rights, battle zone, military life, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.0
 420
Lincoln (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
TV show
Story: After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency. Originally titled "Lincoln", the name of this miniseries was changed to "Gore Vidal's ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, clever, talky ...
Plot: assassination, politics, american civil war, usa president, abraham lincoln, society, leadership, ambition, rise to the top, hopes, state affairs, head of state ...
Time: 19th century, year 1865, 1860s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.0
 404
King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
TV show
Story: A 1978 TV miniseries about the career of Martin Luther King Jr. from his days as a Baptist minister in Atlanta in the early '50s until his assassination in 1968.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil rights, assassination, racism, fighting the system, clergy, state affairs, life is a bitch, rebellion, hopes, society, righting the wronged, religions or cults ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: civil rights movement, fighting the system, civil disobedience, racism, rebellion, social differences, injustice, life is a bitch, legal, society, discrimination, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 14K
Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: racism, apartheid, friendship, civil rights, police brutality, newspaper editor, journalist, interracial relations, politics, idealism, journalism, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1975
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.7
 94K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, emotional, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, civil rights movement, police brutality, islam, politics, racial slur, tragic event, fighting the system, african american, self discovery, police ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, harlem, new york, africa, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Blue and the Gray (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 381 min.
TV show
Story: This movie is also in existance as a 3 part miniseries. America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent. The plot revolves around the families of two sisters; Maggie Geyser and Evelyn Hale. The ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, working class, family life, military, society, rebellion, brother brother relationship, slavery, showdown, family relations, wartime life ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 2K
True Women (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
TV show
Story: True Women is a sweeping saga of love, war and adventure. Spanning five decades from the Texas Revolution through the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond, True Women is the story of the love, friendship, survival and triumphs
Style: tense, epic, rough, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: american civil war, female protagonist, revolution, friendship, emancipation, civil rights, heroes, rivalry, state affairs, rebellion, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1850s, 1840s, 1830s ...
Place: texas, usa, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%