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Backstairs at the White House (1979)
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Backstairs at the White House
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 540 min.
Story: Behind the scenes at the White House during eight administrations, as told by the people who work there.
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, uplifting, touching
Plot: white house, head of state, master and servant, politics, society, state affairs, power relations, human spirit, interracial relations, workplace situations, campaign, hopes, housekeeper, maid, u.s. president, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Eleanor, First Lady of the World
Biography, Drama, History
USA
120 min.
 8.4
Roots
Biography, Drama, History, War
USA
588 min.
 8.4
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and emotional films and TV series with plots about society, politics, human spirit, state affairs, hopes, idealism and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Backstairs at the White House: A Woman Called Golda (1982), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), Warm Springs (2005), Lincoln (1988), The Long Walk Home (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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A Woman Called Golda
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Place: israel, middle east, usa, wisconsin, milwaukee wisconsin
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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.
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Duration: 120 min.
Story: Biography of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who forged a new role for herself in the years after her husband's death.
Style: captivating, serious, uplifting, realistic
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Warm Springs
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Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
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Lincoln
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Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: africa, usa, england, cuba, spain
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LBJ: The Early Years
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Country: USA
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Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
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Time: 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, year 1963 ...
Place: america, usa, texas
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The World Wars
Genre: Documentary, History, War
Country: USA
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Style: captivating, serious, realistic
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Time: 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s
Place: europe, usa
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Lilies of the Field
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, dramatic, emotional ...
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Time: 20th century, 50s
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DC 9/11: Time of Crisis
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: This is the story of the days directly after 9/11, and the president's whereabouts. Scheduled to air shortly before the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, DC 9/11 takes an inside look at the Bush Administration, beginning with the ...
Style: captivating, serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere ...
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Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
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Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 1920s ...
Place: africa, asia, india, south africa
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Country: USA
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: bleak, captivating, serious, realistic, factual ...
Plot: prison, politics, betrayal, irish, british, justice, death, dedicated lawyer, lawyer, murder, maze, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
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, sincere, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: prison, idealism, rebellion, human spirit, mentor, childhood, freedom, life, sacrifice, segregation, discrimination, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1990s, 1950s
Place: south africa, africa
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Against the Wind
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to Australia, and years of anxiety as a convict. Mary, her ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, gloomy
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Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1810s, 1790s, 1800s
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    User:   37%
 
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Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A look at the life and career of controversial Louisiana governor Huey Long, whose nickname was "The Kingfish."
Style: serious, disturbing, sincere, realistic, captivating ...
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Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: louisiana, usa
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    User:   39%
 
The Josephine Baker Story
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Biography of the African-American who became a major performer in the Paris cabarets of the 1920's and 1930's. The film follows her life beginning as a struggling performer in 1917 St. Louis, her frustrations leading to her move to France, ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, uplifting
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Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century ...
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Style: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, political drama
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Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
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Style: epic, talky, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
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Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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