Movies and TV shows like Roots

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Roots (1977)
 8.3
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Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, emotional, thought provoking, sincere, serious, epic, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, family history, escape attempt, freedom, rape, injustice, interracial relations, social problems, discrimination, african american, generation gap, revolution, life is a bitch, americana, master and servant, state affairs, justice, tribe, struggle, family relations, hopes ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england

Most similar movies to Roots

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and emotional films and TV series with plots about society, hopes, racism, idealism, state affairs, life is a bitch and slavery mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Roots: The Book of Negroes (2015), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Long Walk Home (1990), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Glory (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Book of Negroes (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 265 min.
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: epic, disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, master and servant, escapades, society, kidnapping, racism, hopes, life is a bitch, injustice, confined, slavery, american revolution ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ 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: bleak, disturbing, emotional, heartbreaking, rough ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, rape, survival, civil rights, racial slur ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, friendship, bus, segregation, master and servant, couple relations, power relations, couples, human spirit, society, injustice, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 840 min.
Story: The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.
Style: touching, sentimental, epic, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: political unrest, culture clash, racism, american civil war, war, life is a bitch, family relations, interracial relations, righting the wronged, americana, injustice, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1880s, 1910s, 1960s
Place: africa, usa, tennessee, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.9
 112K
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: epic, rough, realistic, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, slavery, war, civil war, sacrifice, military, prejudice, freedom, letter, self esteem, african american ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, south carolina, new england, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
 227K
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: epic, captivating, factual, suspense, tense ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, president, politics, head of state, idealism, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield, human spirit, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.1
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
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: uplifting, touching, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, master and servant, maid, discrimination, storytelling, social relations, hopes, interracial relations, against the rules, exploitation, racial issues ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Lee Daniels' 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: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, butler, racism, civil rights, injustice, prejudice, president, blacks and whites, historical character, parents and children, master and servant, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 77K
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, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, righting the wronged, fighting the system, americana, discrimination, society, rebellion, injustice ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
 65K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: 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, uplifting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: slavery, rebellion, slave trade, dignity, mutiny, idealism, interracial relations, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 1K
Queen (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 282 min.
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, serious, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, civil war, slave, plantation, hopes, interracial relations, life is a bitch, blacks and whites, family relations, racism, american civil war, identity crisis ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1800s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
North and South (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 561 min.
Story: Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.
Style: exciting, realistic, atmospheric, emotional, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, friendship, espionage, love and romance, family feud, slavery, military base, love triangle, best friends, military, foe turned friend ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1850s, victorian era, 1840s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, thought provoking, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, slavery, society, social worker, lifestyle, social differences, journalism, redemption, media, politics ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1860s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.1
 310K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
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: emotional, realistic, bleak, sincere, serious ...
Plot: genocide, racism, atrocity, cruelty, war crime, hotel, against humanity, blacks and whites, violence, death, murder, photographer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, congo, somalia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 344
Lincoln (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
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: clever, serious, emotional, captivating, talky ...
Plot: american civil war, politics, assassination, head of state, leadership, couples, human spirit, ambition, white house, idealism, hopes, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 24K
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, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, military, battle, soldier, war, historical character, heroic mission, state affairs, battle zone, civil rights ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.6
 25K
John Adams (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
Story: The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
Style: atmospheric, epic, gloomy, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: president, american history, trial, lawyer, politics, marriage, leadership, historical character, head of state, leader, freedom, society ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 19th century, 1770s
Place: usa, france, england, pennsylvania, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Blue and the Gray (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 296 min.
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: serious, sincere, disturbing, realistic, captivating
Plot: american civil war, slavery, society, state affairs, war, wartime life, family relations, military, battles, working class, rebellion, head of state ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Mama Flora's Family (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: captivating, uplifting, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: racism, false accusation, african american, life is a bitch, discrimination, working class, family business, couples, family life, suburbs, society, religions or cults ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 100K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: touching, uplifting, disturbing, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, military, racism, prejudice, instructor, ambition, society, follow your dream, african american, u.s. navy, respect, diving ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.8
 302
King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
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: sincere, serious, thought provoking, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: racism, assassination, civil rights movement, society, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, state affairs, hopes, idealism, discrimination, rebellion, clergy ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: discrimination, hopes, state affairs, life is a bitch, legal action, legal, society, social differences, human spirit, fighting the system, racism, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 11K
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: realistic, captivating, tense, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, racism, civil rights, police brutality, journalist, apartheid, politics, idealism, journalism, murder, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Separate But Equal (1991)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 190 min.
Story: A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. One of the most pivotal moments in 20th century American history is bracingly dramatized in Separate but Equal. In telling the detailed story of the ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, talky, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, racism, civil rights, racial segregation, rebellion, legal, righting the wronged, power relations, battles, hopes, dedicated lawyer, legal action ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, south carolina, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Backstairs at the White House (1979)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 540 min.
Story: Behind the scenes at the White House during eight administrations, as told by the people who work there.
Style: uplifting, captivating, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: white house, politics, master and servant, state affairs, human spirit, head of state, campaign, interracial relations, hopes, workplace situations, power relations, society ...
Time: 40s, 20s, 30s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Selma, Lord, Selma (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery. ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: racism, african american, life is a bitch, interracial relations, social decay, human spirit, coming of age, injustice, discrimination, youth, society, politics ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1965
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 23K
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, captivating, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: slavery, mentor, politics, friendship, politician, musician, injustice, debate, horse, dying, singer, civil rights ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian, 1790s, 1780s ...
Place: england, london, france, europe, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 290 min.
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, rough, atmospheric, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: old west, civil war, violence spree, gunfight, family relations, rivalry, feud, american civil war, post war, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, horse ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
Place: kentucky, west virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: fascism, dictatorship, against humanity, racism, hitler, historical character, state affairs, rise to the top, life is a bitch, politics, newspaper, head of state ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: germany, europe, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Sons of Liberty (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
Story: The story of a group of very different men fighting in the American Colonies for freedom, and how they will shape the future for the United States of America.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: american revolution, human spirit, rebelliousness, battles, politics, political unrest, leadership, heroes, revolution, rebellion, military, state affairs ...
Time: 18th century
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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