Movies like Selma

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Selma (2014)
 7.5
 77K
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 Act.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, captivating, thought provoking, uplifting, dramatic, factual, intense, heartbreaking ...
Plot: racism, president, civil rights, politics, african american, idealism, leadership, human spirit, protest march, rebelliousness, discrimination, political unrest, injustice, righting the wronged, fighting the system, heroes, courage, rebellion, society, introspection, americana, hopes, state affairs, life is a bitch, tragedy ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1965, year 1963
Place: alabama, usa

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Most similar movies to Selma

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and captivating films with plots about society, politics, racism, idealism, civil rights, state affairs and corruption mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Selma: Gandhi (1982), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), The Long Walk Home (1990), Cry Freedom (1987), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 205K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: leadership, protest, muslim, human spirit, freedom, idealism, politics, independence, hindu, british empire, assassination, lawyer ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: india, england, asia, new delhi, south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, prison life, human spirit, apartheid, discrimination, idealism, racism, oppression, historical figure, rebellion, fighting the system, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
The Long Walk Home (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, racism, bus, human spirit, hopes, society, couples, power relations, life is a bitch, friends, segregation, master and servant ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.5
 11K
Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, racism, apartheid, journalist, civil rights, police brutality, politics, interracial relations, male friendship, journalism, discrimination, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Lee Daniels' 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: touching, serious, thought provoking, uplifting, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, butler, racism, civil rights, injustice, prejudice, master and servant, americana, blacks and whites, parents and children, president, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.7
 10K
Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: captivating, serious, tense, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: police brutality, politics, apartheid, terrorism, racism, soccer, coach, civil rights, rebelliousness, resistance, fighting the system, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980, year 1991
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.7
 75K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: islam, racism, police brutality, assassination, muslim, prison, redemption, civil rights movement, politics, beach, police, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, africa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: talky, serious, sincere, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, racism, assassin, activist, civil rights, widow, trial, dedicated lawyer, injustice, righting the wronged, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 7.4
 227K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: epic, captivating, factual, suspense, tense ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, head of state, idealism, politics, speech, president, cultural conflict, white house, human spirit, battlefield, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.3
 140K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: idealism, president, human spirit, rugby, racism, celebration, apartheid, poverty, politician, hopes, blacks and whites, historical character ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: emotional, serious, thought provoking, realistic, uplifting
Plot: human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, fighting the system, hopes, legal, rebellion, society, legal action, social differences, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.3
 12K
All the Way (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Lyndon B. Johnson's amazing 11-month journey from taking office after JFK's assassination, through the fight to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and his own presidential campaign, culminating on the night LBJ is actually elected to the ...
Style: dramatic, factual, intense, melancholic, interesting ...
Plot: politics, usa president, political, president, racism, civil liberties, rally, camelot, black, african american, election, campaign ...
Time: 1960s, year 1963
Place: dallas texas, texas, america, usa, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.9
 33K
Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: captivating, factual, inspirational, bleak, serious ...
Plot: feminism, fighting the system, rebelliousness, rebellion, women, working class, gender, politics, discrimination, prejudice, adoption, courage ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
George Wallace (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: George Wallace is a 1997 television film starring Gary Sinise as George Wallace, the former Governor of Alabama. It was directed by John Frankenheimer, who won an Emmy award for it; Sinise and Mare Winningham also won Emmies for their performances. ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, campaign, assassination attempt, civil rights, dedicated lawyer, head of state, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, politics, ambition, legal ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, year 1965, year 1972, 1960s ...
Place: alabama, usa, georgia, campus, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.0
 40K
Bobby (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, captivating, intense, light, melancholic ...
Plot: politics, hotel, senator, corruption, racial slur, reporter, state affairs, dishonesty, assassination, power relations, racial tension, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1968
Place: california, los angeles, usa, vietnam, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.4
 2K
Panther (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some ...
Style: tense, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: black panthers, racism, militant, politics, rebelliousness, revolution, interracial relations, political unrest, injustice, fighting the system, law enforcement, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: aviation, racism, military, training, fighter pilot, african american, war, soldier, leadership, human spirit, interracial relations, officers and cadets ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, italy, arkansas, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, sincere
Plot: feminism, journalism, human spirit, idealism, political unrest, injustice, fighting the system, politics, americana, hopes, rebellion, society ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: virginia, tennessee, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Color of Freedom (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, France, Belgium, South Africa, Italy, UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: apartheid, racism, prison life, tragic hero, human spirit, xenophobia, escape, rebelliousness, friendship, interracial relations, political unrest, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, survival, rape, civil rights, racial slur ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Special Relationship (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatisation that follows Tony Blair's journey from political understudy waiting in the wings of the world arena to accomplished prime minister standing confidently in the spotlight of centre stage. It is a story about relationships, between ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, thought provoking, tricky ...
Plot: politics, head of state, leadership, george w. bush, usa president, state affairs, couple relations, political intrigue, couples, friends, president, democrat ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, europe, usa, london, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 14K
Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Style: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: catholicism, clergy, church, politics, theology, idealism, hypocrisy, bribery, sin, obsessive quest, rebellion, social decay ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, rome italy, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.8
 302
King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
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: serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: assassination, civil rights movement, racism, rebelliousness, american history, social differences, political unrest, injustice, righting the wronged, fighting the system, hopes, rebellion ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In ...
Style: epic, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: racism, slavery, discrimination, injustice, human spirit, idealism, plantation, redemption, social differences, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 20th century, 1860s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Woman Called Golda (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 191 min.
Story: The story of the Russian-born, Wisconsin-raised woman who rose to become Israel's prime minister in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: politics, head of state, leadership, historical figure, rise to the top, ambition, hopes, state affairs, human spirit, introspection, terminal illness, society ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 60s, 70s, 1930s ...
Place: israel, middle east, usa, wisconsin, milwaukee wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Death of a Prophet (1981)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After breaking ties with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X became a man marked for death...and it was just a matter of time before his enemies closed in. Despite death threats and intimidation, Malcolm marched on - continuing to spread the word of ...
Style: sincere, serious, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: jazz, racism, assassination, politics, folk hero, fighting the system, rise and fall, americana, rebellion, society, leadership, religions or cults ...
Time: 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.1
 310K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, rough ...
Plot: genocide, racism, atrocity, cruelty, against humanity, hotel, violence, death, murder, war crime, refugee camp, african ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, somalia, congo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.3
 65K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, serious, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, mutiny, dignity, dishonesty, idealism, interracial relations, freedom, righting the wronged, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 30K
Che: Part Two (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: revolution, leadership, dictatorship, communism, cia, folk hero, idealism, downfall, rebellion, sacrifice, heroes, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, 1960s, year 1966
Place: latin america, bolivia, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 738
Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Style: sincere, serious, talky, realistic
Plot: civil rights movement, racism, journalism, human spirit, african american, bus, interracial relations, social differences, discrimination, political corruption, social decay, injustice ...
Time: 50s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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