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: epic, uplifting, realistic, emotional, serious, captivating, touching, sincere, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, racism, human spirit, civil war, family history, american civil war, escape attempt, rape, tribe, freedom, redemption, captivity, plantation, genealogy, social differences, injustice, hopes, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, discrimination, master and servant, americana, family relations, generation gap ...
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, slavery, idealism, racism, hopes, civil war and mentor mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Roots: 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Long Walk Home (1990), The Book of Negroes (2015), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Glory (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, survival, rape, civil rights, racial slur ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, racism, bus, human spirit, hopes, society, couples, power relations, life is a bitch, friends, segregation, master and servant ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: disturbing, epic, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, racism, injustice, american revolution, slavery, society, life is a bitch, master and servant, kidnapping, confined, escapades, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ 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: serious, epic, thought provoking, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, culture clash, political unrest, interracial relations, discrimination, war, injustice, righting the wronged, americana, hopes, society ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1910s, 1880s, 1960s
Place: africa, usa, tennessee, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, war, slavery, military, civil war, sacrifice, prejudice, battle, heroic mission, freedom, self esteem ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, new england, south carolina, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, head of state, idealism, politics, speech, president, cultural conflict, white house, human spirit, battlefield, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, mutiny, dignity, dishonesty, idealism, interracial relations, freedom, righting the wronged, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, serious, sincere, rough ...
Plot: genocide, racism, atrocity, cruelty, against humanity, hotel, violence, death, murder, war crime, refugee camp, african ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, somalia, congo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: epic, serious, exciting, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, friendship, love and romance, espionage, family feud, slavery, best friends, racism, battle zone, love affair, military base ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1850s, victorian era, 1840s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
 388K
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: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, master and servant, friendship, maid, discrimination, hopes, against the rules, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation, racial issues, storytelling ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, civil war, plantation, slave, american civil war, interracial relations, social differences, racism, misfit, society, discrimination, injustice ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, victorian era
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: racism, slavery, discrimination, injustice, human spirit, idealism, plantation, redemption, social differences, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 20th century, 1860s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, serious, thought provoking, uplifting, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, butler, racism, civil rights, injustice, prejudice, master and servant, americana, blacks and whites, parents and children, president, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, president, civil rights, politics, african american, idealism, leadership, human spirit, protest march, rebelliousness, discrimination, political unrest ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1963 ...
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, talky, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: american civil war, assassination, politics, head of state, leadership, american history, usa president, idealism, society, state affairs, rise to the top, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, soldier, military, battle, battles, war, idealism, friendship, leadership, union soldier ...
Time: 19th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: president, leadership, american history, politics, trial, lawyer, marriage, head of state, independence, state affairs, supportive spouse, human spirit ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1790s, 19th century
Place: usa, france, pennsylvania, england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, disturbing, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: american civil war, slavery, head of state, wartime life, battles, war, family life, society, state affairs, political unrest, working class, military ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 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: serious, captivating, thought provoking, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, racism, apartheid, journalist, civil rights, police brutality, politics, interracial relations, male friendship, journalism, discrimination, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: slavery, politics, mentor, friendship, hymn, slave trade, amazing grace hymn, injustice, axe, civil rights, nightmare, horse ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian, 1790s, 1800s ...
Place: england, london, europe, france, west indies ...
⇓ 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: sincere, serious, epic, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: racism, african american, false accusation, suburbs, interracial relations, black family, prejudice, family life, society, family relations, couple relations, discrimination ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Gods and Generals (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 219 min.
Story: The film centers mostly around the personal and professional life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a brilliant if eccentric Confederate general, from the outbreak of the American Civil War until its halfway point when Jackson is killed ...
Style: epic, serious, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: war, american civil war, battle, college, small town, military life, student life, union soldier, confederate soldier, military, battles, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 1860s, 19th century
Place: maine, virginia, west virginia, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Les Misérables (2000)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving nineteen years. At first he only encounter mistrust and closed ...
Style: epic, serious, gloomy, touching, realistic ...
Plot: injustice, prostitute, on the run, bishop, mayor, thief, nun, suicide, going straight, redemption, parents and children, french ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 18th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: rough, tense, bleak, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: old west, violence spree, civil war, gunfight, family relations, feud, rivalry, american civil war, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, post war, father son relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
Place: kentucky, west virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Free State of Jones (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his ...
Style: factual, dramatic, inspirational, intense, earnest ...
Plot: american civil war, slavery, civil war, u.s. civil war, confederate soldier, trench, bayonet, house fire, knife held to throat, retreat, animal bite, eulogy ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1960s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 140K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: idealism, president, human spirit, rugby, racism, celebration, apartheid, poverty, politician, hopes, blacks and whites, historical character ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
North and South, Book II (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 570 min.
Story: The continuing saga of the Hazards and the Mains. The Hazards are from the North and the Mains from the South. George Hazard and Orry Main met at West Point and fought in the Mexican American war together becoming fast friends. Now they find ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, family saga
Plot: american civil war, friendship, civil war, slavery, best friends, espionage, romance, war, military life, wartime life, society, friends ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 25K
Belle (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet ...
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: slavery, social differences, aristocracy, forbidden love, society, estate, high society, interracial relations, racism, love and romance, heir heiress, period piece ...
Time: 18th century, victorian england, 1780s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, caribbean, london, vienna ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, emotional, sincere, realistic, rough ...
Plot: human spirit, military, racism, u.s. navy, prejudice, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, follow your dream, african american, navy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
⇓ 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, against humanity, dictatorship, hitler, racism, rise to the top, historical character, state affairs, politics, life is a bitch, head of state, cabaret ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 30s, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: germany, europe, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%