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Backstairs at the White House (1979)
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Backstairs at the White House (1979)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 540 min.
TV show
Story: Behind the scenes at the White House during eight administrations, as told by the people who work there.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic
Plot: politics, white house, human spirit, interracial relations, society, head of state, campaign, hopes, state affairs, master and servant, workplace situations, power relations, usa politics, president, maid, mother daughter relationship, housekeeper, u.s. president, john f. kennedy, husband wife relationship, doorman
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 30s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c.

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and thought provoking films and TV series with plots about state affairs, society, politics, hopes, human spirit, life is a bitch and head of state mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Backstairs at the White House: The Book of Negroes (2015), Show Me a Hero (2015), Lincoln (1988), Kane & Abel (1985), Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Book of Negroes (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 265 min.
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Story: Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 19th century.
Style: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, american revolution, life is a bitch, racism, slavery, hopes, injustice, society, escapades, confined, master and servant, black woman ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: usa, south carolina
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Show Me a Hero (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.
Style: thought provoking, tense, captivating, serious, rough ...
Plot: politics, racism, society, crimes, state affairs, life is a bitch, interracial relations, lawsuit, mayor, murder, city council, workplace romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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Eleanor, First Lady of the World (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
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: uplifting, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: couples, strong female presence, world war two, heroic mission, idealism, human spirit, couple relations, folk hero, state affairs, head of state, society, dealing with death ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: paris france, london
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51%
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Lincoln (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
TV show
Story: After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency. Originally titled "Lincoln", the name of this miniseries was changed to "Gore Vidal's ...
Style: talky, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: assassination, politics, american civil war, abraham lincoln, usa president, couples, republican, white house, society, leadership, ambition, rise to the top ...
Time: 19th century, year 1865, 1860s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Kane & Abel (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: Kane and Abel are born on the same day the same year on each side of the Atlantic. William Kane is born in one of the richest families of Boston and grows up to be a banker on Wall Street. Abel Rosnovski is born in the Polish countryside and has to ...
Style: saga, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: vengeance, social differences, uninhibited rivalry, sea disaster, bankruptcy, polish, promotion, temperamental, business venture, hopes, rise to the top, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 50s, 80s, 60s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, new york
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44%
Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 350 min.
TV show
Story: While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship causes furor in the palace and in parliament, especially when King George V dies, Mrs. Simpson gets divorced, and King ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: moral dilemma, relationship vs career, royal family, true love, social differences, couples, power relations, family relations, wedding, head of state, society, clergy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: england
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44%
Commander in Chief (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Commander in Chief is an American drama television series that focused on the fictional administration and family of Mackenzie Allen, the first female President of the United States, who ascends to the post from the Vice Presidency after the death ...
Style: serious, realistic, clever, sincere, talky
Plot: white house, female politician, politics, head of state, rise to the top, president, idealism, workplace situations, americana, workplace intrigue, government official, sexism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Sons of Liberty (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a group of very different men fighting in the American Colonies for freedom, and how they will shape the future for the United States of America.
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: american revolution, human spirit, leadership, rebelliousness, political unrest, politics, battles, military, revolution, rebellion, heroes, state affairs ...
Time: 18th century
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston
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42%
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Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, factual
Plot: revolution, politics, society, state affairs, head of state, social differences, rebellion, communist party, patriotism, rivalry, chinese history, republican era china ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: china, asia
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Against the Wind (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
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: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: longing, power relations, exile, coming of age, hopes, society, state affairs, youth, love and romance, master and servant, politics, love affair ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1810s, 1790s
Place: australia, ireland, new south wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Aristocrats (1999)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a true story, Aristocrats draws back the curtain on an 18th century English family near the summit of society, revealing a tapestry of romance, prejudice, infidelity, and revolution.
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: master and servant, politics, rich and poor, family relations, high society, royal family, romance, state affairs, siblings relations, power relations, intrigue, society ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: england, ireland, europe
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South Riding (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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Story: Andrew Davies sparkling adaption of Winifred Holtby's acclaimed novel. Insightful, warm and full of memorable characters, South Riding tells a fraught love story and paints a panaromic portrait of a Yorkshire community in the long aftermath of ...
Style: captivating, touching, realistic, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love affair, human spirit, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, society, hopes, small town, social relations, strong female presence, high school, small town life ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england, yorkshire
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39%
The Path to 9/11 (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
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Story: The Path to 9/11 was a two-part miniseries that aired in the United States on ABC television from September 10 – 11, 2006, and also in other countries. The film dramatizes the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York City and the events leading ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, bleak, realistic
Plot: terrorism, white house, politics, crimes, government agency, hijacking, dishonesty, head of state, state affairs, u.s. vice president, vice president, revisionist history ...
Time: september 11 2001, 90s, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, washington d.c., manhattan new york city
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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, emotional, sincere, touching, non-linear ...
Plot: racism, injustice, discrimination, interracial relations, slavery, righting the wronged, social worker, americana, redemption, idealism, human spirit, social differences ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1860s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
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Texas Rising (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: A depiction of the rise of Texas from the Battle of the Alamo to San Jacinto. A story told through the lives of the men who gave everything up to defend an infant country from a ruthless Dictator and savage Native Americans, and paved the way for ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rebellion, revolution, americana, society, human spirit, state affairs, law enforcement, hopes, u.s. president, texas ranger, old west, usa president ...
Time: 19th century
Place: texas, usa
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Madam Secretary (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Former CIA agent Elizabeth Faulkner McCord is suddenly thrust into the position of US Secretary of State where she must quickly learn to drive international diplomacy, wrangle office politics and balance a complex family life.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: politics, chief of staff, u.s. president, relationship vs career, workplace intrigue, politician, secretary of state, workplace situations, president, female protagonist, power relations, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Separate But Equal (1991)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 190 min.
TV show
Story: A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. One of the most pivotal moments in 20th century American history is bracingly dramatized in Separate but Equal. In telling the detailed story of the ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, talky ...
Plot: courtroom, legal, racism, interracial relations, civil rights, racial segregation, life is a bitch, state affairs, law enforcement, rivalry, legal investigation, rebellion ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, south carolina, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Kennedy (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 282 min.
TV show
Story: Biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: vietnam war, election, white house, civil rights, politics, assassination, kennedy family, administration, americana, democrat, nuclear threat, fight for supremacy ...
Time: 60s
Place: washington d.c., usa, dallas texas
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35%
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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, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: segregation, racism, friendship, bus, master and servant, civil rights, bittersweet, power relations, couples, injustice, friends, human spirit ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, new jersey
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The Arrow (1997)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 180 min.
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Story: This series tells the story of the world's fastest fighter plane ever built, in 1950's Canada, and how the project was dropped due to political pressure from the United States.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing
Plot: airplane, politics, aviation, inventions and discoveries, intrigue, head of state, unfulfillment, state affairs, rivalry, heroes, test pilot, military ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
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Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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: disturbing, sincere, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: assassination, life is a bitch, crimes, ambition, society, rise to the top, state affairs, dishonesty, politics, media, murder, human spirit ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: louisiana, usa
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Day One (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe, eventually arriving in the United States. With the help of Einstein, he persuades the government to build an atomic bomb. The project is given to no-nonsense Gen. Leslie Groves who selects physicist J. ...
Style: tense, captivating, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, politics, super weapon, nuclear threat, fight for supremacy, nuclear holocaust, state affairs, intrigue, life is a bitch, against humanity, rivalry, laboratory ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: politics, head of state, leadership, rise to the top, society, state affairs, hopes, ambition, terminal illness, human spirit, introspection, strong female presence ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: israel, milwaukee wisconsin, usa, middle east, palestine ...
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Genre: Drama, History
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: serious, realistic, sincere, talky
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Genre: Drama, History
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Story: During the last days of Stalin's reign, a doctor (Marina Hands) tries to go unnoticed in a society of mutual dread where a neighbour or colleague might "denounce" you to the authorities at any moment.But tales of her healing touch ...
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Plot: power relations, doctors and patients, moral dilemma, head of state, state affairs, society, life is a bitch, dictator, josef stalin, suffering, illness, couples ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
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Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
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Story: The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, captivating, touching, emotional ...
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Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1910s, 1880s, 60s
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LBJ: The Early Years (1987)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 155 min.
Story: LBJ: The Early Years was a television movie that appeared on the NBC network in February 1987, depicting the life of former President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson from 1934 until 1973. Actor Randy Quaid won a Golden Globe award for his ...
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: politics, head of state, campaign, state affairs, rise to the top, ambition, media, usa president, democratic party, senate, political candidate, first lady ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1930s, year 1965 ...
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30%
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The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
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Story: Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and ...
Style: serious, psychological, rough, atmospheric, bleak ...
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Cloudstreet (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 342 min.
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Story: Cloudstreet is an Australian television drama miniseries for the Showcase subscription television channel, which first screened from 22 May 2011, in three parts. It is an adaptation of Cloudstreet, an award-winning novel by Australian author Tim ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
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DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003)
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: serious, captivating, thought provoking, bleak, realistic ...
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