Movies like The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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 2.1M
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: captivating, clever, touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, sentimental, talky, dramatic, intellectual ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life is a bitch, life sentence, confined, hopes, criminal heroes, survival, corruption, justice, destiny, wrongful imprisonment, life, dishonesty, prison escape, friendship, redemption, adaptation, police brutality, convict, interracial friendship, friendship between men ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s, year 1966, 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 emotional films with plots about redemption, storytelling, mentor, justice, friendship, vengeance and destiny mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Shawshank Redemption: The Green Mile (1999), Papillon (1973), Scent of a Woman (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Escape from Alcatraz (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 995K
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, sentimental, emotional, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural ability, supernatural, prison, human nature, death sentence, life philosophy, healing power, justice, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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100%
 8.0
 112K
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, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison life, criminal heroes, false accusation, escape attempt, prison escape, life is a bitch, life sentence, hopes, low lives, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, blind character, human nature, disability, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, depression, mentor, thanksgiving, student, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.6M
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, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, journey, odd, misfit, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, fish out of water, society, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, dehumanization, anti heroes, plan gone awry, friendship, society ...
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: suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, alcatraz, prison life, island, suicide, convict, nude fight, prison warden, mouse, rebellion, confined, buddies ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1961, year 1962 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, racism, skinhead, juvenile delinquency, nazism, rape, crime, violence spree, siblings relations, confined, youth, prejudice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, touching, dramatic ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, mathematics, prodigy, genius, obsession, schizophrenia, insanity, hallucinations, imagination, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, campus, boston, massachusetts, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.4
 425K
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, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fugitives, confined, escape, chases and races, scheme, fbi, manhunt, self sacrifice, fighting the system, determination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: prison, lawyer, injustice, torture, brutality, escape attempt, rape, sadism, trial, smuggling, muslim, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 72K
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, brutal, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, fighting the system, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, prison riot, court ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, psychological, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Plot: gang, crime, false accusation, confined, writer's life, hopes, wrongfully committed, life is a bitch, performer's life, crimes, drug dealing, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, addiction, crimes, life is a bitch, human nature, introspection, downfall, going straight, self discovery, rehabilitation, drug addiction, drinking ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, clever, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: prison, politics, torture, gays and lesbians, friendship, betrayal, redemption, homosexuality, gay, gender, introspection, confined ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, politics, innocence lost, prison life, warden, society, workplace intrigue, against the odds, human spirit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
 86K
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, sincere ...
Plot: prison, boxing, false accusation, racism, courtroom, friendship, freedom, prison life, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice, discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prison, gang, death row, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, lethal injection, deadly, murder, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ 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: touching, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, disfigurement, injustice, teacher, social misfits, false accusation, physical appearance, teaching the ways of the world, secret, mysterious character, suspicion, love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 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, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, master and servant, maid, discrimination, storytelling, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, blacks and whites, against the rules, exploitation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 17K
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, uplifting, rough, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, reform, gang, school principal, drug dealing, high school life, youth, teachers and students, bad attitude, changing lives, hopes, dedicated educator ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, 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, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, society, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, clever, psychological, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, hit and run, insurance, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, parents and children, family relations, hopes, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ 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: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: prison, hopes, criminal heroes, confined, introspection, actor's life, prison life, warden, audition, rehearsal, artists and showbiz, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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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: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: bullying, boxing, discrimination, apartheid, chicken, shower, racism, friendship, friends, human spirit, tribe, society ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Mary and Martha (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: malaria, dealing with death, hopes, human spirit, redemption, terminal illness, life is a bitch, money raising, state affairs, parent child relationship, death of child, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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: emotional, bleak, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: politics, prison, racism, false accusation, redemption, aunt, convenience store, death row, interracial relations, dedicated educator, urban ghetto, power relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, feel good, humorous ...
Plot: elderly, civil rights, master and servant, friendship, golden years, jewish, african american, funeral, thanksgiving, self discovery, racial slur, car accident ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 1960s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 5.8
 377
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: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: prison, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, crime, criminal heroes, confined, crimes, vengeance, sexual abuse, false accusation, murder, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, family in crisis, unlikely partners, parents and children, doctors and patients, child illness, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 7.8
 32K
The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: tense, touching, sincere, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, character study, redemption, courtroom, self esteem, fighting the system, injustice, coma, workplace situations, dishonesty, introspection, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%