Movies like The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
 9.3
 2.6M
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, inspirational, realistic, uplifting, serious, sentimental, philosophical, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, false accusation, freedom, hopes, prison life, powerful ending, existentialism, life is a bitch, justice, life sentence, confined, life, life philosophy, adaptation, unlikely friendships, corruption, male rape victim, dishonesty, convict, criminal heroes, wrongful imprisonment, framed for murder, survival ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, year 1946, year 1947, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, 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, intense and interesting films with plots about justice, redemption, storytelling, mentor, corruption, friendship and destiny mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Shawshank Redemption: The Green Mile (1999), Forrest Gump (1994), Scent of a Woman (1992), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: prison, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, death row, prison life, confined, healing power, justice, death sentence, electric chair ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 8.8
 2.0M
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, inspirational, sincere ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, journey, rise to the top, philosophy, true love, destiny, love, human relationship, army, selflessness ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, china, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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, tragicomedy, dramatic, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, human spirit, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, unlikely friendships, nurse, mental illness, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, doctors and patients, self control ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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, dramatic, inspirational, realistic, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, mentor, blind character, friendship, human nature, depression, ex military, teaching the ways of the world, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, blindness, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, 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: suspense, atmospheric, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, confined, partners, escape ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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: emotional, uplifting, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, life, rags to riches, rise to the top, life philosophy, hopes, success, life is a bitch, salesman, against the odds, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: domestic violence, incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, rape, feminism, african american, slavery, life is a bitch, wife abuse, dysfunctional family, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 18th century
Place: africa, southern usa, usa, georgia, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 129K
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, runaway, criminal heroes, prison life, false accusation, labor camp, life sentence, solitary, escape attempt, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 8.1
 449K
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, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, hopes, civil rights, interracial relations, racial issues, social relations, racial segregation, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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: emotional, psychological, philosophical, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, professor, philosophy, university, ambition, human spirit, existentialism, life, dedicated educator ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.1
 174K
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: freedom, prison, escape, rebelliousness, dignity, prison life, escape attempt, punishment, death, human spirit, convict, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: florida, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 503K
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: sincere, uplifting, road movie, touching, captivating ...
Plot: autism, road trip, redemption, mentally challenged, brother brother relationship, runaway, family relations, siblings relations, greed, yuppie, self discovery, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, missouri, texas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.2
 72K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, 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: homoerotic, factual, suspense, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison, island prison, survival, solitary, prison life, life sentence, safecracker, friendship, human spirit, escape, jungle ...
Time: year 1931, 1930s, year 1970, year 1969
Place: south america, france, colombia, venezuela, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, friends, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, ohio, new england, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: racism, skinhead, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, prison rape, prejudice, gang, racial slur, male rape, gay rape, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 8.3
 517K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, escape, prison life, fugitives, determination, confined, scheme, fbi, self sacrifice, conspiracy, manhunt, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.0
 93K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, haunted by the past, parents and children, human nature, crimes, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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: uplifting, touching, motivational, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, poverty, against the odds, childhood, life is a bitch, destiny, street kid, tv show, society, journey, street life, true love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, cerebral, dramatic, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, genius, prodigy, schizophrenia, insanity, existentialism, imagination, obsession, talented, hallucination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new jersey, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, disturbing, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, brutality, injustice, court, escape, lawyer, escape attempt, convict, sadism, drug smuggling, hashish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1972, year 1975 ...
Place: turkey, brooklyn new york city, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.6
 149K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, custody, parents and children, social services, lawyer, against the odds, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations, custody battle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bangkok Hilton (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan (Ehlers), a photographer. Kat is tricked into carrying some luggage ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing
Plot: prison, escape, heroin, smuggling, injustice, interracial relations, false accusation, fighting the system, betrayal, life is a bitch, prison life, destiny ...
Time: 80s
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand, asia, london, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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, realistic, serious, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: false accusation, life turned upside down, family relations, confined, injustice, husband wife relationship, daring rescue, crimes, escape, life is a bitch, escapades, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pittsburgh, venezuela, haiti, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 7.7
 40K
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: thought provoking, tense, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, courtroom, character study, legal action, fighting the system, self esteem, injustice, coma, introspection, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 1K
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, suspense, touching, semi serious
Plot: prison, dedicated educator, human spirit, prison life, idealism, starting over, hardcase students, ambition, rehabilitation, hopes, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 240K
Escape Plan (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, twists and turns, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, lone hero, outsmarting, escape plan, escape, against the odds, revenge, torture, resourceful, survival, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2013, 2010s, 80s ...
Place: usa, morocco, new orleans, miami, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 761K
Gran Torino (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. ...
Style: serious, emotional, thought provoking, suspenseful, touching ...
Plot: gang, veteran, friendship, interracial relations, gunfight, elderly, rape, immigrants, neighbor, prejudice, pride and honor, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, friendship, discrimination, society, rivalry, hopes, youth, orphan, life is a bitch, injustice, bullying, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, touching, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, false accusation, redemption, love affair, human nature, life is a bitch, dishonesty, understanding, couples, family relations, parents and children, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.8
 411
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, power relations, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, prison life, confined, fighting the system, going straight, murder, false accusation, sexual abuse, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%