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Taking Back Our Town (2001)
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Taking Back Our Town (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, fledgling activitsts face the full force of Shintech's wealth and influence peddling, which has bought the cooperation of the government from the local level all the way up to the Governor's office.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: cancer, human spirit, fighting the system, environmentalism, heroic mission, society, terminal illness, social relations, obsessive quest, hopes, small town, church, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, small town life, christmas, asthma, underdog, barbecue
Time: contemporary, 21st century

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and emotional films with plots about hopes, society, human spirit, life is a bitch, small town, fighting the system and small town life mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Taking Back Our Town: America (2009), Birdwatchers (2008), Pedro (2008), Girlfriend (2010), My Own Country (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere, psychological
Plot: youth, human spirit, custody, teenage life, mental illness, sexual abuse, doctors and patients, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, society, healing power ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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95%
 6.8
 903
Birdwatchers (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, the present. When a young Guarani-Kaiowá woman commits suicide, Nádio leads his community to form a protest camp on the borders of a local farm that sits on their ancestral burial ground.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: culture clash, rebellion, interracial relations, indians, teenage life, fighting the system, dishonesty, hopes, life is a bitch, racism, jungle, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
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100%
 6.8
 510
Pedro (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An intimate biopic of Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive Cuban-American, who was cast for the MTV reality show, The Real World: San Francisco, in 1994. Due to his experience on the Real World, Pedro became a celebrity and a sympathetic face of the AIDS ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, touching, non-linear ...
Plot: gay, aids, hiv, human spirit, rising to stardom, fighting the system, ambition, tv show, terminal illness, idealism, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: cuba, usa, miami, latin america, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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.
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 6.3
 699
Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, melancholic, realistic
Plot: single parent, life is a bitch, love and romance, friendship, impossible love, hopes, society, social relations, misfit, human spirit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.7
 341
My Own Country (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After obtaining his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Dr. Abraham Verghese decides to re-locate to Johnson City, Tennessee. He eventually gets married to Rajani, who is an accomplished dancer, and has a boy, Steven. Since Abraham ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, emotional, touching ...
Plot: pregnancy, hospital, terminal illness, family relations, aids, gays and lesbians, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, obsessive quest, legal action, gender ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.4
 457
Ring the Bell (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When high-powered sports agent Rob Decker arrives looking for his next major league prospect, he finds more than he bargained for at the Cooke Boys Ranch. As he works to secure Shawn Hart, the top high school baseball prospect in the country, he ...
Style: serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: small town, disorder, social relations, society, introspection, redemption, scout, hopes, misfit, americana, fish out of water, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, bittersweet, family problems, child illness, family in crisis, death in the family, doctors and patients, against the odds, small town, parents and children, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.0
 817
Midnight Clear (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: On Christmas Eve in the Arizona desert, a middle-aged man (Stephen Baldwin) and an old woman (K Callan) contemplate suicide. But through chance run-ins with strangers and perhaps some divine intervention, they cross paths and change each ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious, semi serious ...
Plot: church, christmas, redemption, life is a bitch, unemployment, family relations, society, clergy, hopes, love and romance, small town, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Mrs. Worthington's Party (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Father Jonathan Keene - a cold, impatient Catholic priest arrives in a tiny fishing village the week before Christmas to do what he does best: shut down a dying parish...
Style: serious, realistic, feel good, touching, contemplative
Plot: redemption, christmas, priest, society, self discovery, introspection, clergy, church, small town, cause and meaning, religions or cults, save the day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
What Would Jesus Do? (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The citizens of a small town lose their faith day by day. Poverty and hardships have been hard on them... when all of a sudden something changes. Their faith is reborn. And a question rises inside them: "What would Jesus do?"
Style: christian film, realistic, serious, fable
Plot: small town, clergy, human spirit, introspection, society, hopes, social relations, religions or cults, small town life, pastor, musician, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, xian
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
November Christmas (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young father asks for pumpkins at the local farm stand. "In August? No." the farmer replies. The farmer ruminates on the odd request and gets involved with strangers for the first time since his son's death long ago.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, disturbing, realistic
Plot: parents and children, human spirit, family gatherings, hopes, child illness, cancer, christmas, life is a bitch, halloween, husband wife relationship, family, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Miracle of the Cards (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: "The Miracle of the Cards" is based on the true story of Marion Shergold and her son, Craig, an eight-year-old English boy who had a brain tumor. Several events convinced Marion that God was leading her to a cure for Craig and that the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, terminal illness, child illness, hopes, brain tumor, life is a bitch, disability, miraculous event, journalism, faith, unfulfillment, media ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.8
 1K
Living Proof (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Living Proof is a 2008 Lifetime Television movie, directed by Dan Ireland, starring Harry Connick, Jr. The film is based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, experimental ...
Plot: breast cancer, human spirit, ego clash, hopes, doctors and patients, terminal illness, doctor, child illness, power relations, life is a bitch, radiation, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 606
Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, youth, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, power relations, hopes, society, fire brigade, friendship, rivalry, reach out, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.4
 748
Not Today (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Caden Welles is living life as large as any 20-year-old could dream … until his eyes are opened to a world few Americans know still exists: a thriving human-trafficking trade. Spurred by a true purpose, an unlikely new friendship, and the prayers ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, thought provoking, suspenseful, sentimental ...
Plot: hopes, human spirit, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, family problems, injustice, youth, escapades, prostitute, obsessive quest, society, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, school, human spirit, hopes, parents and children, teachers and students, changing lives, social relations, family relations, society, youth, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A 91 years old carpenter, who is still in completely good health, has to fight developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, friendship, small town life, isolation, village life, americana, village, small town, dysfunctional family, family problems, social relations, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 6.4
 584
Jasper, Texas (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it affected all of the residents of the town, both black and white.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, disturbing
Plot: racism, small town, investigation, fighting the system, social differences, social decay, african american, society, crimes, life is a bitch, injustice, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 ⇓
42%
 7.1
 543
Our Fathers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In the '80s, priests and especially the Father Geoghan arrested for sexual abuse of minors. Cardinal Law, also indicted, and the diocese was aware of the actions of these men of the church and was kept secret for years, until the victims decide ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: church, courtroom drama, social decay, legal investigation, clergy, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, legal, fighting the system, crimes, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, usa, france, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 112
Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, introspection, human spirit, parents and children, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, family problems, family relations, social decay, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
An Enemy of the People (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A small forest town is trying to promote itself as a place for tourists to come enjoy the therapeutic hot springs and unspoiled nature. Dr. Stockmann, however, makes the inconvenient discovery that the nature around the village is not so unspoiled. ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: contamination, small town, environmentalism, battles, social relations, righting the wronged, toxic, fighting the system, contests and competitions, society, hopes, legal ...
Time: 70s
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, child illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, talky, realistic, serious ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, power relations, religions or cults, injustice, rivalry, hotshot lawyer, dedicated lawyer, media, fighting the system, legal, society ...
Time: 1920s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.3
 877
Earthwork (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1994, real-life crop artist Stan Herd traveled from Kansas to Manhattan's Upper West Side to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre artwork was made from soil, rock, plants and vegetation near an ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious
Plot: idealism, human spirit, hopes, environmentalism, social differences, creative block, art, misfit, artists and showbiz, performer's life, artists' life, artist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 425
The Off Hours (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: You're awake when everyone else is asleep. You're standing still as traffic is whipping by at 70mph. You see dusk and dawn everyday because they happen on your way to a time clock and then to a bed. Your off hours are spent trying to ...
Style: realistic, sincere, atmospheric, serious, gloomy
Plot: diner, small town, unfulfillment, hopes, love and romance, society, dull life, bittersweet, fall in love, introspection, love affair, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 ⇓
38%
 6.6
 38K
Promised Land (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Style: thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: campaign, small town, greed, salesman, environmentalism, powerful corporation, social relations, corporate world, corporate crime, corporate crimes, character study, cheerleader ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 867
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%