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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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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and emotional films and TV series with plots about society, state affairs, politics, hopes, human spirit, life is a bitch and racism mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Backstairs at the White House: A Woman Called Golda (1982), Lincoln (1988), The Long Walk Home (1990), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Against the Wind (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Duration: 191 min.
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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.
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Lincoln
Genre: Drama, History, War
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Duration: 188 min.
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 ...
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Time: 19th century, 1860s
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The Long Walk Home
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.
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Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, year 1955
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Against the Wind
Genre: Drama, History
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, gloomy
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Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1810s, 1790s, 1800s
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    User:   48%
 
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    User:   35%
 
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    User:   43%
 
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    User:   46%
 
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