Movies like The Shawshank Redemption

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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: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, talky, sentimental, intellectual, dramatic ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, freedom, false accusation, confined, life sentence, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, justice, life, dishonesty, destiny, wrongful imprisonment, police brutality, redemption, prison escape, friendship, greed, corruption, plot twist, convict, interracial friendship ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s, year 1949, year 1963 ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico

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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 emotional films with plots about redemption, storytelling, mentor, friendship, hopes, life philosophy and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Shawshank Redemption: The Green Mile (1999), Forrest Gump (1994), Papillon (1973), Scent of a Woman (1992), Escape from Alcatraz (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 8.5
 952K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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100%
 8.8
 1.5M
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, uplifting, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally challenged, destiny, human spirit, tragic love, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, love and romance, friendship, life philosophy, rise to the top, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 8.0
 108K
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, captivating, tense, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: human spirit, prison life, false accusation, prison, criminal heroes, escape attempt, adventure, hopes, life is a bitch, life sentence, low lives, prison escape ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious, captivating, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, nurse, insanity, doctors and patients, anti heroes, crazy, dehumanization, plan gone awry, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ 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, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, disability, mentor, student, change of heart, coming of age, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ 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: suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, buddies, alcatraz, island, confined, partners, prison guard, rebellion, mouse, prison warden, nude fight ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 413K
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: suspenseful, tense, exciting, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fugitives, confined, manhunt, chases and races, escape, fbi, scheme, fighting the system, self sacrifice, win over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 8.1
 377K
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, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: master and servant, friendship, maid, racism, discrimination, against the rules, prejudice, justice, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: realistic, bleak, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, injustice, lawyer, brutality, torture, prison life, escape, masturbation, escape attempt, smuggling, muslim, sadism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: daring rescue, life turned upside down, confined, injustice, family relations, false accusation, evidence, danger, couples, chases and races, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, venezuela, haiti, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.5
 71K
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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, crime, life turned upside down, rivalry, life is a bitch, tough heroes, fighting the system, innocence, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: talky, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prison, politics, gays and lesbians, torture, friendship, homosexuality, gay, redemption, lgbt, war, betrayal, prison life ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.6
 84K
The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, touching, factual, inspirational, serious ...
Plot: prison, injustice, false accusation, courtroom, fighting the system, racism, friendship, boxing, freedom, legal, human spirit, prejudice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama
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: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, genius, teachers and students, university, doctors and patients, social differences, psychologist, harvard ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, India
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: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, street kid, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 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, sincere, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: gang, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch, performer's life, crime, drug dealing, going straight, human spirit, prison, prison life, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, touching, sincere, talky, serious ...
Plot: drinking, drug abuse, real estate agent, cocaine, false accusation, yuppie, addiction, downfall, human nature, introspection, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 14K
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, rough, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, prison life, politics, against the odds, society, human spirit, innocence lost, workplace intrigue, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, touching, cerebral, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, prodigy, paranoia, mathematics, obsession, genius, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable, imagination, insanity, hallucinations, schizophrenia ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, campus, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 728
Weeds (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A San Quentin inmate, sentenced to life without paroll, writes a play that catches the interest of a reporter.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough
Plot: prison, criminal heroes, follow your dream, redemption, prison life, strong sexual content, confined, hopes, writer's life, journalism, optimism, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: talky, serious, sincere, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prison, prison life, confined, criminal heroes, actor's life, human spirit, introspection, artists and showbiz, hopes, rehearsal, audition, warden ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: sentimental, emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems, financial problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: talky, bleak, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, hit and run, insurance, human nature, couple relations, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 8.0
 427K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, road movie, sincere ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, on the road, redemption, road trip, greed, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, character study, unlikely friendships, yuppie ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, missouri, texas, usa, cincinnati ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: muslim, false accusation, mental illness, prejudice, true love, hopes, president, bollywood, love and romance, protagonist as suspect, autism, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 464
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, musician's life, crime, redemption, prison life, society, youth, life is a bitch, child as adult, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the 1940's South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing a a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he didn't have the sense to know what he was doing. ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: politics, prison, convenience store, aunt, african american, redemption, death row, false accusation, racism, dedicated educator, juvenile delinquency, school ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.0
 894
Short Eyes (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City’s infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, rape, violence, prison life, vengeance, sexual abuse, fear, confined, crimes, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Within These Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Female prisoners train dogs to aid people with disabilities in a program started by a nun (Laura Dern).
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, feel good, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, female prisoner, dog, rehabilitation, hopes, life is a bitch, clergy, pets, starting over, human nature, addiction, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Man Without a Face (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, talky, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, suspicion, love, injustice, boarding school, teacher, disfigurement, island, social misfits, physical appearance, accident, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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