Movies like Silkwood

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Silkwood (1983)
 7.2
 18K
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, company, conspiracy, plutonium, 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

Most similar movies to Silkwood

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and disturbing films with plots about society, corruption, life is a bitch, mentor, runaway, fighting the system and storytelling mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Silkwood: Erin Brockovich (2000), The Insider (1999), Norma Rae (1979), The Pentagon Papers (2003), All the President's Men (1976). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 172K
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: inspirational, captivating, factual, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: against the odds, contamination, justice, lawyer, relationship vs career, single mother, family relations, righting the wronged, court, ambition, society, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 158K
The Insider (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand
Style: disturbing, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, reporter, whistleblower, journalist, corruption, paranoia, fear, cover up, lawsuit, layoff, ethics, public health ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: iran, south carolina, washington d.c., mississippi, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.3
 10K
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, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: labor union, small town, working class, fighting the system, against the odds, whistleblower, factory worker, factory, labor, union, single mother, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, political conspiracy, state affairs, head of state, fighting the system, military, soldier, introspection ...
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, political thriller, white house, cover up, wiretap ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.6
 50K
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, thought provoking, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, lawyer, legal investigation, corporate crime, price of justice, courtroom drama, fighting the system, uncover truth, legal action, corporate crimes, environmental ...
Time: 2000s, year 1999, 2010s, year 1998, year 2012 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 7K
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, righting the wronged, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 28K
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, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: vietnam war, politics, political corruption, government, campaign, rise and fall, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, political conspiracy, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, china, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 8.0
 140K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
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, president, investigation, cia, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new orleans, vietnam, cuba, texas, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, investigation, conspiracy, drug dealing, reporter, uncover truth, state affairs, government agency, life turned upside down, police corruption, media, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, usa, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, prison, human nature, university, confined, teachers and students, experiment, student, prison life, experiment gone awry, disorder, human experiment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 39K
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: disturbing, rough, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual harassment, courtroom drama, feminism, rape, lawsuit, against the odds, small town, fighting the system, sexism, labor union, family relations, financial problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 258
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, idealism, against the odds, uncover truth, rebellion, ambition, fighting the system, injustice, negligence, family problems, couples, workplace ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, against the odds, public health, righting the wronged, fighting the system, legal action, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1999, year 1995, year 1998
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, contests and competitions, society, ambition, rise to the top ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
 236K
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, missing person, fighting the system, uncover truth, life is a bitch, disorder, insanity, serial killer, corruption, desperation, loss of son ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, year 1935
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle washington, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 819
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, thought provoking, talky, serious, realistic
Plot: political corruption, politics, fighting the system, corruption, workplace situations, workplace intrigue, idealism, price of justice, uncover truth, woman in danger, office, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, nashville tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, transsexual, death, life is a bitch, terminal illness, gay slur, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, amsterdam, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, injustice, working class, human spirit, human nature, society, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, new york, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, research, suspicion, workaholic, career, workplace, cheating, desire for fame, dishonesty, rise and fall, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: haiti, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: conspiracy, investigation, journalism, danger, radiation, media, control room, politics, nuclear, uncover truth, catastrophe, swat team ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, doctor, hiv, gay, epidemic, fighting the system, human spirit, ego clash, hopes, society ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, africa, france, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, disturbing, sincere, rough ...
Plot: political corruption, rebellion, workplace, society, fighting the system, legal, heroes, leadership, politics, state affairs, life is a bitch, price of justice ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 27K
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: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere ...
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, massachusetts, new york, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
 3K
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, society, life is a bitch, social relations, migrant worker, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, arizona, yuma arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 26K
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: captivating, uplifting, 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 ⇓
31%
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, emotional, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, rescue, nazi, wartime, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 898
Zuzu Angel (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil
Duration: 108 min.
Story: "Zuzu Angel" covers the last years of the famous Brazilian fashion designer in her doomed quest for justice in the case of her activist son Stuart's arrest, torture, murder and subsequent corpse disposal by the military forces in ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: missing person, uncover truth, fighting the system, rebellion, politics, society, life is a bitch, injustice, crimes, legal, parents and children, price of justice ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Matter of Sex (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama - Jean Stapleton, Nancy Beatty, J. Winston Carroll
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: bank, discrimination, strike, power relations, injustice, labor union, strong female presence, feminism, workplace situations, boss and employee, price of justice, working class ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, year 1976, year 1978, year 1977
Place: minnesota, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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