Movies like Selma

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Selma (2014)
 7.5
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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 Act.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual, emotional, realistic, captivating, dramatic, intense ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, justice, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination, americana, racial segregation, injustice, rebellion, society, political unrest, rebelliousness, introspection, state affairs, racial discrimination, civil rights movement, heroes, life is a bitch, graphic violence, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1965, year 1963
Place: alabama, usa, boston, birmingham alabama

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Most similar movies to Selma

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and thought provoking films with plots about racism, society, politics, interracial relations, idealism, hopes and civil rights mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Selma: Malcolm X (1992), Hidden Figures (2016), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002), Mississippi Burning (1988), Lincoln (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 86K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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, thought provoking, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, fighting the system, african american, racial slur, tragic event, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, harlem, new york, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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100%
 7.8
 202K
Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, factual, exciting, sincere, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, discrimination, space program, racial segregation, african american woman, strong female character, genius, scientist, prejudice, sexism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1962, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 155 min.
Story: The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a 2002 Indian historical biographical film about Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter who fought for Indian independence.It shows in detail how Singh came to develop his views on the British Raj and his struggle for Indian ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: police brutality, patriotism, fighting the system, rebellion, social decay, rebelliousness, idealism, injustice, revolution, society, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, 20th century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, ku klux klan, murder, sheriff, small town, violence, racial slur, police brutality, civil rights, police, african american, police investigation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 246K
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: emotional, epic, captivating, factual, political ...
Plot: idealism, president, american civil war, racism, civil war, politics, historical character, head of state, slavery, leadership, political unrest, republican ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ 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, realistic, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, social problems, marital problem, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: emotional, touching, serious, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, white house, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states, nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: thought provoking, touching, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: segregation, racism, friendship, bus, master and servant, civil rights, human spirit, friends, power relations, injustice, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 8.0
 218K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India
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: emotional, realistic, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, freedom, idealism, protest, muslim, religious intolerance, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, life philosophy ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, europe, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, rebellion, social differences, human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, legal, society, life is a bitch, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 107K
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, inspirational, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, navy, u.s. navy, african american, racism, prejudice, military, racial discrimination, racial segregation, soldier, against the odds, dream come true ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: thought provoking, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, danger, social problems, false accusation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
 87K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, emotional, factual, touching ...
Plot: racism, baseball, rivalry, against the odds, athlete's life, racial segregation, americana, human spirit, athlete and trainer, hopes, rise to the top, african american ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1946 ...
Place: new york, usa, cincinnati ohio, pasadena california, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 345
King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
TV show
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, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, assassination, hopes, society, fighting the system, state affairs, rebellion, deadly, rebelliousness, political unrest, social differences ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: usa, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, sincere, captivating, realistic, silent film
Plot: feminism, civil rights, injustice, fighting the system, political unrest, life is a bitch, politics, journalism, state affairs, human spirit, americana, siblings relations ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917, year 1912
Place: philadelphia, tennessee, virginia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 831
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: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, teenage life, parents and children, injustice, society, hopes, politics, americana ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
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, touching, sincere, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, interracial relations, slavery, media, americana, human spirit, idealism, social differences, redemption, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1960s, 1860s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: thought provoking, talky, sincere, serious, factual ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, courtroom drama, civil rights, legal, widow, activist, life is a bitch, injustice, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Best of Enemies (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of the real-life unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1971 North Carolina.
Style: rough, psychological, sincere, suspense, thought provoking ...
Plot: interracial friendship, civil rights, human spirit, interracial relations, activism, righting the wronged, human rights, danger, court, aggression, racism, segregation ...
Time: 70s, year 2016, year 2005, year 1971
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: racism, prison life, interracial relations, apartheid, friendship, self discovery, leadership, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, rebelliousness, political unrest ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 827
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, realistic, serious, talky
Plot: interracial relations, racism, civil rights movement, social activism, racial prejudice, protest, human spirit, rebellion, fighting the system, social differences, discrimination, politics ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
 13K
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: thought provoking, bleak, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: racism, friendship, civil rights, police brutality, newspaper editor, apartheid, journalist, interracial relations, politics, idealism, journalism, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1977
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: uplifting, touching, captivating, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, rebellion, against the odds, human spirit, self discovery, leadership, social relations, hopes, life is a bitch, student life, clergy, society ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.3
 13K
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: political, factual, realistic, tense, intense ...
Plot: politics, racial issues, racism, civil rights movement, presidential election, civil rights, prejudice, kennedy assassination, u.s. vice president, political campaign, u.s. senator, presidential candidate ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: texas, usa, vietnam, america, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 72K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: Biography, 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, political, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 150K
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: touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, rugby, historical character, president, leadership, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, sport, idealism, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 15K
Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA, Czech Republic, Italy
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: uplifting, biblical, intellectual, touching, sincere ...
Plot: rebellion, politics, catholicism, clergy, sin, hypocrisy, human spirit, idealism, social decay, rebelliousness, against the odds, fighting the system ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: rome italy, germany, europe, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.0
 41K
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, political unrest, anti war ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: controversial, sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: assassination, politics, racism, jazz, leadership, rebellion, folk hero, ambition, society, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 1K
Walkout (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: discrimination, society, rebellion, politics, righting the wronged, teachers and students, lifestyle, fighting the system, dedicated educator, rebelliousness, high school life, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%