Movies like The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
 9.3
 2.3M
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.
Style: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, realistic, inspirational, serious, sentimental, interesting, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, criminal heroes, hopes, plot twist, corruption, confined, unlikely friendships, life, existentialism, adaptation, justice, survival, destiny, wrongful imprisonment, dishonesty, blacks and whites, courage, friendship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s, year 1946, year 1957 ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine

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Most similar movies to The Shawshank Redemption

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and interesting films with plots about friendship, mentor, storytelling, redemption, corruption, hopes and justice mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Shawshank Redemption: The Green Mile (1999), Forrest Gump (1994), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Scent of a Woman (1992), Papillon (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 1.1M
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, prison, life philosophy, death row, human nature, supernatural, prison life, supernatural ability, convict, confined, death sentence, justice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, year 1999 ...
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 8.8
 1.7M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, life philosophy, destiny, true love, journey, storytelling, rise to the top, odd, human relationship, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, san francisco, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, dramatic, serious, tragicomedy, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, fighting the system, mental institution, freedom, insanity, nurse, anti heroes, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, dehumanization, society, oppression ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, confined, partners, escape ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1960 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, mentor, blind character, human nature, depression, ex military, teaching the ways of the world, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, change of heart, student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 119K
Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, tense, captivating, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, human spirit, criminal heroes, false accusation, prison life, solitary, life sentence, escape attempt, adventure, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 30s ...
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
American History X (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: skinhead, racism, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, prison rape, hate, gang, youth, crimes, prejudice, blacks and whites ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.3
 459K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fugitives, escape, confined, scheme, chases and races, fbi, self sacrifice, fighting the system, manhunt, determination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 7.2
 48K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Spain
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Henri "Papillon" Charrière is convicted in Paris for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he becomes obsessed with escaping. After planning and executing a series of treacherous ...
Style: suspense, factual, homoerotic, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison life, survival, human spirit, prison, solitary, friendship, false accusation, rebelliousness, male friendship, brutality, friendship between men ...
Time: 1930s, year 1969, year 1970
Place: south america, france, colombia, venezuela, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: philosophical, psychological, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, university, life philosophy, professor, existentialism, philosophy, ambition, dedicated educator, human spirit, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: boston, harvard university, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.0
 418K
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, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, civil rights, interracial relations, storytelling, writers, racial issues, racial segregation, blacks and whites, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 74K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: brutal, realistic, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, life is a bitch, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life turned upside down, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, prison gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: realistic, uplifting, touching, motivational, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, childhood, destiny, life is a bitch, society, poverty, true love, tv show, street kid, cheating, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, taj mahal, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, interesting, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, imagination, obsession, existentialism, scientist, hallucination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, stockholm sweden, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.1
 158K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, freedom, escape, rebelliousness, dignity, escape attempt, punishment, death, human spirit, loss of parent, respect, death of parent ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: florida, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, injustice, lawyer, drug smuggling, escape, escape attempt, trial, brutality, convict, racial slur, smuggling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Next Three Days (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, emotional, clever ...
Plot: false accusation, life turned upside down, family relations, daring rescue, evidence, injustice, confined, freedom, resourceful, determination, peril, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, canada, haiti, venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Power of One (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: PK, an English orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: discrimination, boxing, friendship, society, injustice, youth, rivalry, hopes, life is a bitch, orphan, bullying, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, touching, serious, meditative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations, dishonesty, couples, understanding, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, death sentence, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession, court ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.2
 491
Shackles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, suspense, semi serious
Plot: prison, dedicated educator, ambition, starting over, prison life, idealism, hardcase students, human spirit, rehabilitation, rivalry, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 2K
Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, bleak, tense, sincere ...
Plot: gang, crimes, crime, bittersweet, wrongfully committed, injustice, false accusation, drug dealing, fighting the system, profanity, prison life, urban ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, human nature, alcohol abuse, introspection, downfall, self discovery, rehabilitation, going straight ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 7.2
 15K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, violence, brutality, abuse of power, justice, politics, prison rape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
10%
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, touching, talky ...
Plot: prison, gays and lesbians, politics, friendship, torture, betrayal, introspection, confined, buddies, dishonesty, prison life, gay slur ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.1
 558K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, melancholic, inspirational, philosophical, motivational ...
Plot: self discovery, wilderness, survival, freedom, journey, life philosophy, isolation, on the road, adventure, solitude, lifestyle change, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1991, year 1992 ...
Place: alaska, usa, california, washington state, georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 5.8
 380
Jailbait (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Randy commits a crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the "three-strikes" world of justice, he finds himself locked up for 25 years. His cellmate Jake is a congenial yet remorseless lifer who casually informs ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, power relations, prison life, murder, false accusation, sexual abuse, fighting the system, going straight, confined, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.4
 500
Prison Song (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Elijah has been bounced from group home to group home throughout his turbulent young life. What has sustained him is his art. After a promised scholarship is taken away, Elijah ends up in a fight that result in the death of another boy. Now, ...
Style: captivating, sincere, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: injustice, prison, hip hop, redemption, juvenile delinquency, musician's life, criminal heroes, prison life, crime, crimes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Caesar Must Die (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die (Cesare Deve Morire), the scripted documentary shows inmates at a prison in Rome rehearsing for a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Style: captivating, tense, talky, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, hopes, actor's life, audition, rehearsal, introspection, prison life, confined, criminal heroes, theatre production, prison sentence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.4
 18K
Lean on Me (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, emotional, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, gang, reform, drug dealing, school principal, urban, society, changing lives, unsupportive coworkers, win over, undisciplined, bad attitude ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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