Movies like The Vernon Johns Story

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The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
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The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1948, Johns served as the outspoken spiritual leader of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Incensed at the racial injustice that pervaded the South, he was determined to fight for equality for all African Americans.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, realistic, disturbing
Plot: racism, church, heroes, military, life is a bitch, interracial relations, rebellion, injustice, fighting the system, society, clergy, hopes, state affairs, workplace situations, rape, militant, death, murder, family relations, african american, father daughter relationship, segregation, heroism, fear, historical event ...
Time: 50s, 1950s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and captivating films with plots about society, life is a bitch, rebellion, fighting the system, hopes, injustice and state affairs mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like The Vernon Johns Story: The Rosa Parks Story (2002), Freedom Song (2000), The Least Among You (2009), Billy: The Early Years (2008), The Butler (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, civil rights movement, racism, social differences, rebellion, injustice, discrimination, human spirit, life is a bitch, legal, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa
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Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, captivating, emotional, tense ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, discrimination, parents and children, americana, teenage life, injustice, hopes, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A film about the early life of the baseball star in the army, particulary his court-martial for insubordination regarding segragation.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, captivating, talky ...
Plot: courtroom, racism, world war two, dedicated lawyer, against humanity, opposites attract, legal, sport, rebellion, soldier, fighting the system, ambition ...
Time: 1940s
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The Least Among You (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, ...
Style: touching, emotional, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: racism, human spirit, against the odds, self discovery, rebellion, leadership, society, social relations, hopes, student life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 60s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Lithuania, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The eventful life of a humble Polish priest who once decried the pomp of the Catholic Church "a circus" and labeled the Pope a "prisoner of the Vatican" before ascending to the papal throne is explored as actor Thomas Kretschmann ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: fighting the system, clergy, church, religions or cults, dishonesty, state affairs, leadership, hopes, rebellion, politics, society, anti semitism ...
Place: israel, middle east, europe, poland
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Billy: The Early Years (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Most of us know Billy Graham as the self-assured and charismatic preacher who became one of the most important figures of 20th Century Christianity. Now, with the release of Billy: The Early Years, we meet Billy as the earnest and promising young ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: self discovery, life is a bitch, hopes, lifestyle, society, redemption, idealism, clergy, miraculous event, christianity, faith, doubt ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: north carolina
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55%
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere
Plot: state affairs, society, life is a bitch, politics, heroes, fighting the system, hopes, social misfits, misfit, legal, heroic mission, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: emotional, touching, thought provoking, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, white house, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama, south africa ...
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54%
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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, thought provoking, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: forest, political corruption, politics, rebellion, life is a bitch, workplace, state affairs, heroes, fighting the system, leadership, legal, society ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 20th century
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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, tense, captivating
Plot: fighting the system, rebellion, labor union, hopes, leadership, idealism, working class, life is a bitch, society, social relations, migrant worker, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, arizona, yuma arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
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Story: A 1978 TV miniseries about the career of Martin Luther King Jr. from his days as a Baptist minister in Atlanta in the early '50s until his assassination in 1968.
Style: sincere, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, assassination, discrimination, social differences, rebelliousness, political unrest, idealism, righting the wronged, religions or cults, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Rice Bomber (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on a true social event, The Rice Bomber depicts a series of bombing events in Taiwan a decade ago. It is a time when the agriculture is struggling to survive. A man strives to arouse the government’s attention and to revive its conscience by ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious
Plot: fighting the system, rebellion, state affairs, political unrest, forced into action, family relations, globalization, society, rebelliousness, siblings relations, bomber, farmer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: taiwan
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48%
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Black August (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The last 14 months of George Jackson's life was an existence under subjective and objective conditions in California's industrial prison complex. George Jackson would spend 11 years in jail (7 of which were in solitary confinement) for a ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: prison, racism, solitary, prison life, confined, rebellion, fighting the system, against the rules, injustice, militant, rebelliousness, price of justice ...
Place: california, usa
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Truman (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: world war two, soldier, politics, white house, world war one, presidential election, life is a bitch, military, dishonesty, leadership, heroes, ambition ...
Time: 50s
Place: asia, japan, usa, missouri
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46%
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Afterburn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, thought provoking, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: aviation, heroes, dishonesty, politics, law enforcement, hopes, state affairs, righting the wronged, military, legal, rivalry, uncover truth ...
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Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: The story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Jim Jones and the events leading up to one of the largest mass suicides in history.
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Plot: commune, poison, mass suicide, cult, rebellion, fighting the system, leadership, religions or cults, psychopath, against humanity, drug abuse, sect ...
Time: 70s, year 1980, 1940s, year 1965, year 1978
Place: africa, california, san francisco
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Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, justice, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights movement, civil rights, racial segregation, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1963, year 1964
Place: alabama, usa, boston, southern usa, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine both received Emmy nominations for their performances in this made-for-TV movie. The plot follows Nelson Mandela's 27-year struggle to end apartheid.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, uplifting, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prison, racism, apartheid, discrimination, injustice, congress, righting the wronged, political unrest, false accusation, heroes, hopes, against humanity ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Timepiece (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted the crime in self defense. All the while, ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: racism, murder, self defense, family relations, faith, society, dishonesty, life is a bitch, family life, false accusation, businessman, parent child relationship ...
Time: 90s
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44%
Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A moving and uplifting drama about the effects of interracial marriage in the 1960s. Friends since childhood, and loved by both families, this couple are exiled after their wedding and have to wage a courageous battle to find their place in America ...
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: white male black female relationship, interracial relations, racism, wedding, fighting the system, marriage, interracial marriage, miscegenation, couples, injustice, power relations, discrimination ...
Time: 90s, 60s
Place: virginia, usa, southern usa, washington d.c.
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44%
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Fidel & Che (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 206 min.
Story: Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, tense
Plot: fidel castro, revolution, rebellion, fighting the system, politics, ambition, rise and fall, idealism, rebelliousness, political corruption, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Wronged Man (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Janet Gregory, a single mother with a haunting past, is a paralegal struggling to overcome doubts about Calvin Willis, an African-American husband and father wrongfully accused of raping a neighborhood girl. Eventually convinced of his innocence, ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: false accusation, hopes, crimes, society, injustice, courtroom drama, legal, dishonesty, rape, african american, morality, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Muhammad Ali’s historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the ...
Style: captivating, serious, talky, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, courtroom, injustice, righting the wronged, ambition, legal action, political unrest, against the odds, civil action, legal, rebellion, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1971
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: inspirational, touching, motivational, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, navy, racism, u.s. navy, african american, military, prejudice, racial segregation, racial discrimination, soldier, dream come true, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s
Place: pacific ocean, usa, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Chattahoochee (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: mental institution, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, injustice, social decay, rehabilitation, rebellion, fighting the system, prodigy, crimes, criminal heroes, hospital ...
Time: 50s, year 1957, year 1952, year 1955
Place: florida, usa, miami, korea
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42%
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, racism, social differences, society, life is a bitch, crimes, discrimination, social decay, introspection, injustice, small town life, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Jump! (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 118 min.
Story: JUMP is a psychological drama revealing for the first time the extraordinary circumstances behind the unjust murder trial of the young Jew, Philippe Halsman, who would later become the most sought after celebrity portrait photographer of his ...
Style: disturbing, serious, thought provoking, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, injustice, discrimination, false accusation, crimes, state affairs, dishonesty, righting the wronged, power relations, destiny ...
Time: 1920s
Place: austria, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: thought provoking, disturbing, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: price of justice, against the odds, rebellion, fighting the system, injustice, working class, racism, human nature, human spirit, society, life is a bitch, ambition ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, appalachia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Luther (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A man's view cause a rift between peasants and the church.
Style: realistic, serious, talky, contemplative
Plot: politics, church, fighting the system, dishonesty, leadership, hopes, society, life is a bitch, state affairs, clergy, rebellion, ambition ...
Time: 16th century, 70s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Hell and Mr. Fudge (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Hell and Mr. Fudge is an 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Wood and written by Brian Phillip Stoddard. Based on a true story, the film stars Mackenzie Astin as Edward Fudge, an Alabama preacher who has been hired to determine the existence ...
Style: christian film, thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: church, religious intolerance, hell, preacher, clergy, parents and children, parent child relationship, religions or cults, leadership, father son relationship, bible, religious differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%