Movies like Silkwood

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Silkwood (1983)
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Silkwood (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, bleak, touching, realistic, talky, tense, sincere, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: radiation, research, working class, whistleblower, contamination, workplace, uncover truth, corporate crimes, workplace situations, plutonium, company, conspiracy, fighting the system, nuclear power plant, small town, obsession, couple relations, life is a bitch, against the odds, labor union, rebellion, hopes, legal, society, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: oklahoma, usa, washington d.c., california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and dramatic films with plots about corruption, runaway, society, mentor, life is a bitch, storytelling and fighting the system mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Silkwood: Dark Waters (2019), Erin Brockovich (2000), Norma Rae (1979), The Pentagon Papers (2003), All the President's Men (1976). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against the DuPont chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Style: factual, realistic, thought provoking, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, legal investigation, lawyer, fighting the system, corporate crime, price of justice, environmental, investigation, courtroom drama, uncover truth, contaminated water ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 2002, year 2001, year 1975 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
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 7.4
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Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: factual, captivating, uplifting, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: contamination, lawyer, justice, against the odds, relationship vs career, single mother, court, family relations, righting the wronged, ambition, society, young woman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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100%
 7.3
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Norma Rae (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: labor union, small town, working class, fighting the system, whistleblower, factory worker, against the odds, union, single mother, factory, labor, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Pentagon Papers (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This compelling political drama is based on the true story of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret documents to the New York Times and Washington Post. ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: politics, whistleblower, vietnam war, dishonesty, uncover truth, introspection, state affairs, military, head of state, soldier, fighting the system, political conspiracy ...
Place: new york, asia, vietnam, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: political thriller, realistic, captivating, serious, factual ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, white house, cover up, wiretap, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
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Class Action (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah alienated daughter Maggie years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, father daughter conflict, uncover truth, parents and children, hopes, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch, dishonesty, against the odds, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 145K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, controversial, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, cia, investigation, president, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, 1960s
Place: new orleans, texas, washington d.c., vietnam, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
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Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: political corruption, vietnam war, politics, government, rise and fall, campaign, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, political conspiracy, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: washington d.c., china, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: journalism, cia, investigation, conspiracy, drug dealing, reporter, uncover truth, state affairs, government agency, life turned upside down, police corruption, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, usa, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.
Style: thought provoking, tense, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: psychology, university, prison, human nature, confined, teachers and students, human experiment, experiment, student, disorder, experiment gone awry, prison life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 41K
North Country (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual harassment, courtroom drama, feminism, rape, small town, lawsuit, against the odds, sexism, fighting the system, labor union, financial problem, love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 90s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 257
Damaged Care (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Anesthesist Doug Peeno hopes to pay for the legal costs of preventing his son Bryan being left in his first wife's bad custody with he proceeds of his present wife Linda's new job. She's the first graduate in her family and eagerly ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: public health, rebellion, ambition, fighting the system, idealism, against the odds, uncover truth, legal action, society, workplace, injustice, couples ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Normal Heart (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: gay, aids, gays and lesbians, homosexual, terminal illness, life is a bitch, friendship, male homosexuality, protest, fear, epidemic, prejudice ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1982, year 1981 ...
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., manhattan new york city, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain: During a camping trip to Ayers Rock in outback Australia, she claims she witnessed a dingo taking her baby daughter, Azaria, from the family tent. Azaria's body is never found. After investigations ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, false accusation, injustice, trial, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, crimes, legal, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: social worker, against the odds, uncover truth, fighting the system, deportation, injustice, society, life is a bitch, state affairs, rebellion, family reunited, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, south australia, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 242K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, sentimental, heartbreaking, tense, bleak ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, missing person, fighting the system, uncover truth, disorder, life is a bitch, pedophile, twists & turns, serial killer, corruption, insanity ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, year 1935
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle washington, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 23K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, against the odds, public health, righting the wronged, legal action, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1998, year 1999
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The China Syndrome (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: radiation, conspiracy, investigation, danger, journalism, media, control room, politics, nuclear, uncover truth, catastrophe, swat team ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This film is the semi-humorous documentary about the men who made the world of technology what it is today, their struggles during college, the founding of their companies, and the ingenious actions they took to build up the global corporate empires ...
Style: suspense, tense, talky, clever, biting ...
Plot: programmer, computer, computers and web, rivalry, college, apple computer, rise and fall, workplace, rise to the top, ambition, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Harlan County War (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: against the odds, price of justice, rebellion, fighting the system, racism, human nature, working class, human spirit, injustice, society, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, appalachia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Shattered Glass (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Fact-based 2003 drama about the young journalist Stephen Glass, who got a job at The New Republic in 1995 and for three years fabricated at least half of the stories he wrote.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: journalism, ambition, career, suspicion, research, workaholic, workplace, cheating, desire for fame, rivalry, dishonesty, rise and fall ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: haiti, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
And the Band Played On (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.
Style: touching, uplifting, disturbing, compassionate, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, deadly virus, terminal illness, hiv, doctor, gay, epidemic, fighting the system, human spirit, ego clash, hopes, society ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, africa, new york, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sincere, rough ...
Plot: political corruption, workplace, heroes, leadership, legal, rebellion, state affairs, life is a bitch, fighting the system, politics, society, rich and poor ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, sincere, heartbreaking, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: aids, human spirit, fighting the system, transsexual, gay slur, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1985, year 1986
Place: texas, usa, japan, dallas texas, china ...
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28%
 6.6
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A Civil Action (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, law firm, leukemia, uncover truth, legal investigation, legal, dedicated lawyer, reach out, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, new york, washington d.c., massachusetts, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
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Cesar Chavez (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: labor union, fighting the system, rebellion, working class, idealism, hopes, leadership, life is a bitch, social relations, society, migrant worker, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, arizona, yuma arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, handicapped, coming of age, teenage love, protective parent, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, thought provoking, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, rescue, wartime, nazi, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago chile ...
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28%
 6.7
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Marie (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A single mother takes a job with the government where she is confronted with corruption.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, talky, thought provoking
Plot: political corruption, fighting the system, politics, corruption, idealism, woman in danger, office, workplace intrigue, price of justice, uncover truth, power relations, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee, nashville tennessee
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27%