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: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual, emotional, realistic, captivating, dramatic, intense ...
Plot: racism, politics, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, fighting the system, discrimination, americana, righting the wronged, injustice, rebellion, society, political unrest, rebelliousness, state affairs, president, african american, civil rights movement, racial discrimination, justice, heroes, life is a bitch, hopes, introspection, leadership ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1965, year 1963
Place: alabama, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and dramatic films with plots about society, racism, politics, civil rights, injustice, segregation and state affairs mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Selma: The Long Walk Home (1990), Gandhi (1982), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), The Rosa Parks Story (2002), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, friendship, bus, segregation, master and servant, couples, human spirit, power relations, friends, society, injustice, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: realistic, emotional, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, protest, freedom, muslim, idealism, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, assassination, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 40s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, asia, europe ...
⇓ 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: emotional, serious, sincere, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, prison life, racism, oppression, apartheid, human spirit, discrimination, idealism, rebellion, ambition, social problems, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1950s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting
Plot: injustice, discrimination, rebellion, life is a bitch, legal action, state affairs, hopes, fighting the system, human spirit, legal, racism, americana ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, uplifting, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, butler, racism, civil rights, injustice, blacks and whites, prejudice, president, master and servant, parents and children, historical character, government official ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 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: tense, disturbing, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: police brutality, politics, coach, soccer, racism, apartheid, civil rights, terrorism, rebellion, fighting the system, idealism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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: realistic, bleak, serious, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, racism, civil rights, police brutality, apartheid, journalist, politics, idealism, journalism, murder, friends, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, president, politics, head of state, idealism, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield, human spirit, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 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, touching, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, poverty, historical character, blacks and whites, hopes ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.9
 34K
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, realistic ...
Plot: feminism, fighting the system, rebellion, rebelliousness, working class, women, gender, discrimination, politics, adoption, prejudice, idealism ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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: sincere, serious, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: assassination, racism, civil rights movement, life is a bitch, hopes, rebelliousness, society, social differences, discrimination, idealism, rebellion, clergy ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 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, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: police brutality, islam, racism, muslim, redemption, politics, assassination, prison, surveillance, civil rights, self discovery, tragic event ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom, racism, courtroom drama, assassin, civil rights, widow, activist, trial, power relations, righting the wronged, legal, jury ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: clever, serious, sincere, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: prison life, racism, apartheid, hopes, society, warden, rebelliousness, politics, self discovery, convict, interracial relations, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ 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: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, tense, serious ...
Plot: assassination attempt, civil rights, racism, campaign, discrimination, conservative, injustice, rebellion, society, ambition, politics, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, year 1972, year 1963, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: alabama, usa, georgia, campus, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, slavery, media, redemption, journalism, politics, righting the wronged, human spirit, idealism, americana ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 20th century, 1860s, 1960s
Place: usa, louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
 100K
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: touching, uplifting, disturbing, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, military, racism, prejudice, instructor, society, follow your dream, ambition, african american, u.s. navy, navy, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: racism, politics, jazz, assassination, folk hero, rise and fall, society, life is a bitch, state affairs, religions or cults, americana, rebellion ...
Time: 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious
Plot: feminism, political unrest, fighting the system, heroes, human spirit, leadership, lifestyle, society, injustice, rebellion, angel, idealism ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: tennessee, virginia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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: talky, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: racism, civil rights movement, social differences, journalism, media, politics, life is a bitch, interracial relations, courtroom drama, society, bus, rebellion ...
Time: 50s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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: disturbing, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, militant, black panthers, revolution, politics, state affairs, life is a bitch, crimes, interracial relations, working undercover, injustice, self defense ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.7
 808
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: serious, sincere, emotional, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, life is a bitch, hopes, fighting the system, teenage life, discrimination, injustice, rebellion, americana, society, politics, interracial relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: thought provoking, uplifting, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: politics, state affairs, society, introspection, terminal illness, ambition, hopes, rise to the top, leadership, head of state, human spirit, historical figure ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 30s, 70s, 60s ...
Place: israel, milwaukee wisconsin, usa, middle east, wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, atmospheric, sincere, emotional, touching ...
Plot: politics, catholicism, sin, clergy, bribery, hypocrisy, church, theology, idealism, german, rebellion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, rome italy, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, election campaign, political candidate, democrat, racial discrimination, racial, congress, campaigning ...
Time: 1960s, year 1963
Place: texas, america, usa, dallas texas, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, power relations, dishonesty, assassination, anti war, marriage ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.3
 15K
Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, family history, escape attempt, freedom, rape, injustice, interracial relations, discrimination ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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, captivating, serious ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, dignity, mutiny, idealism, interracial relations, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, heartbreaking, rough ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, rape, survival, racial slur, civil rights ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Get on the Bus (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Get On the Bus follows several Black men on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid off aircraft worker, a former Gang Banger, a Hollywood actor, a cop who is of mixed racial ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, touching, serious ...
Plot: racism, bus, politics, on the road, friendship, human nature, self discovery, rich and poor, hopes, injustice, gang, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: washington d.c., los angeles, usa, california, cross country ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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