Movies like Joe Hill

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Joe Hill (1971)
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Joe Hill (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the early 1900's, the legendary Joe Hill emigrates with his brother to the United States. But after a short time, he loses touch with his brother. Joe gets a few jobs but is struck by all the injustice and tragedy going on. He becomes active in the forbidden union IWW, a union for workers without trades. It is forbidden to demonstrate and to speak in public but Joe gets around that by singing his manifests with the Salvation Army. He manages to get more and more people to get on strike with him but he also makes powerful enemies doing that. Finally he gets connected with a murder and during the trial he fires his lawyer and takes upon himself to become his own defender.
Style: sentimental, bleak, serious, realistic, factual
Plot: working class, immigrants, fighting the system, impossible love, life is a bitch, graphic violence, love and romance, ambition, rebellion, rise and fall, society, false accusation, leadership, unfulfillment, prison, train, street kid, railway, miner, poverty, death sentence, labor union, pickpocket, slum, drifter ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1900s
Place: utah, usa, new york, california, san diego california

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Most similar movies to Joe Hill

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and sincere films with plots about society, rebellion, life is a bitch, fighting the system, state affairs, politics and injustice mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Joe Hill: Cesar Chavez (2014), Gideon's Trumpet (1980), Killing Jesus (2015), Adalen 31 (1969), Malcolm X (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Cesar Chavez (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating
Plot: labor union, fighting the system, rebellion, hopes, leadership, idealism, working class, life is a bitch, society, social relations, migrant worker, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, arizona, yuma arizona
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95%
Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rise of Jackie Presser to President of the Teamster Union.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful, rough
Plot: labor union, workplace situations, political intrigue, political corruption, ambition, rise and fall, society, life is a bitch, state affairs, rise to the top, heroes, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: prison, legal, courtroom, false accusation, rebellion, rivalry, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, confined, legal action, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Killing Jesus (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Jesus of Nazareth’s life and ministry were subject to seismic social and political events that led to his execution and changed the world forever.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, psychological
Plot: roman empire, hopes, fighting the system, religion, rebellion, society, idealism, rise and fall, jesus, life is a bitch, self sacrifice, self discovery ...
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 2K
Adalen 31 (1969)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 1969 Swedish drama film directed by Bo Widerberg. It depicts the 1931 Ådalen shootings, in which Swedish military forces opened fire against labour demonstrators in the Swedish sawmill district of Ådalen, killing five people, including a young ...
Style: sincere, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: labor union, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, sexual content, power relations, injustice, social differences, love affair, working class, unwanted pregnancy, workplace intrigue, boss and employee ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: sweden
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63%
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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, emotional, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, islam, police brutality, civil rights movement, politics, african american, racial slur, tragic event, fighting the system, self discovery, police ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, harlem, new york, africa, middle east ...
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50%
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 2K
Raven's End (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the middle of this film, about the working class in pre-world war II Sweden, is Anders who wishes to become an author. His father who is a notorious dreamer and liar, and his mother, who struggles to keep their family alive.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, touching
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, working class, family feud, couples, family problems, factory worker, writer's life, ambition, follow your dream, society, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
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48%
Groenten uit Balen (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Belgium
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The story of the laborer family Debruycker during the turbulent strike by Vieille Montagne in 1971.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy
Plot: rebellion, fighting the system, working class, workplace situations, society, parents and children, human spirit, workplace, factory worker, family life, life is a bitch, labor union ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: belgium, europe
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48%
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Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 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: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, silent film
Plot: feminism, injustice, civil rights, political unrest, fighting the system, life is a bitch, human spirit, politics, journalism, state affairs, siblings relations, love affair ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, year 1917, year 1912
Place: philadelphia, washington d.c., tennessee, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, serious, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, civil rights, social problems, marital problem ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Elvira Madigan (1967)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Hedvig Jensen is a famous ropewalker and is known to her public as Elvira Madigan. She meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away, but since Sixten deserted the army, he cannot ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide, down on your luck, love affair, tragic love, social differences, unfulfilled love, destructive relationship, couples, romance, unfulfillment, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A look at Brittany Murphy's rise to Hollywood fame in the 1990s, her struggles with celebrity and self-esteem, and her mysterious death in 2009 at the age of 32.
Style: sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: desire for fame, actor's life, rising to stardom, rise and fall, ambition, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, parents and children
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa
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41%
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Jimmy's Hall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the 1930s political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the 'Red Scare'.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious, factual
Plot: deportation, fighting the system, ambition, rebellion, human spirit, rebelliousness, idealism, social relations, clergy, politics, rivalry, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: ireland, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Lula, the Son of Brazil (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil, Argentina
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The true story of a working class boy who moves to the nation's financial capital at a young age and becomes one the most influential politician in Brazil's history.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, touching, sincere
Plot: working class, president, dysfunctional family, ambition, social differences, siblings relations, hopes, family problems, single parent, family life, escapades, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, working class, racism, human nature, human spirit, society, life is a bitch, ambition, legal ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, appalachia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: electric chair, death sentence, immigrants, courtroom drama, politics, anarchism, political persecution, miscarriage of justice, italian immigrant, anarchist, true crime, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Rasputin (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: assassination, clergy, intrigue, royal family, russian history, ambition, tragic hero, psychopath, betrayal, revolution, murder, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917, year 1916
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Matter of Sex (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama - Jean Stapleton, Nancy Beatty, J. Winston Carroll
Style: sincere, disturbing, thought provoking, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: bank, discrimination, strike, working class, boss and employee, price of justice, feminism, workplace situations, power relations, injustice, labor union, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, year 1978, year 1976, year 1977, year 1979
Place: minnesota, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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King of the Sands (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Syria
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A daring, compelling and controversial take on the life of prince Abdulaziz Al Saud (Ibn Saud), founder of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Style: realistic, serious, epic, captivating
Plot: conquering, against the odds, ruler, rebellion, leadership, head of state, ambition, battles, state affairs, rise to the top, rebelliousness, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: saudi arabia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 991
Che! (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that government and Castro's taking over of Cuba. The ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, serious, realistic, factual ...
Plot: revolution, chaos, folk hero, leadership, political unrest, injustice, rebellion, military, society, rebelliousness, idealism, revolutionary ...
Time: 20th century
Place: cuba, bolivia, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 1K
Fidel & Che (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 206 min.
Story: Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, tense
Plot: fidel castro, revolution, rebellion, fighting the system, politics, ambition, rise and fall, idealism, rebelliousness, political corruption, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: social worker, against the odds, fighting the system, uncover truth, deportation, injustice, state affairs, society, life is a bitch, family reunited, rebellion, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: england, europe, south australia, london, australia ...
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34%
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Priest Daens (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: revolution, politics, injustice, factory, working class, fighting the system, religions or cults, state affairs, life is a bitch, journalism, society, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 1890s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: belgium, europe, vatican, flanders, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Molly Maguires (1970)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish emigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder. A detective, also an Irish emigrant, is hired to ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Plot: terrorism, fighting the system, coal mining, injustice, leadership, society, working undercover, crimes, legal, social decay, miner, rebel ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 975
Zuzu Angel (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil
Duration: 108 min.
Story: "Zuzu Angel" covers the last years of the famous Brazilian fashion designer in her doomed quest for justice in the case of her activist son Stuart's arrest, torture, murder and subsequent corpse disposal by the military forces in ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: uncover truth, fighting the system, missing person, life is a bitch, legal, society, politics, crimes, rebellion, injustice, price of justice, political intrigue ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, civil rights movement, racism, social differences, rebellion, injustice, discrimination, human spirit, life is a bitch, legal, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Inner Circle (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Soviet Union, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: stalinism, world war two, politics, kgb, state affairs, head of state, political unrest, injustice, dictatorship, projectionist, love, josef stalin ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 50s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter, is arrested for killing the British official responsible for the death of his mentor Lala Lajpatrai. He is ultimately hanged for his misdeed.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: prison, vengeance, prison life, rebellion, politics, life sentence, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, legal, police brutality, freedom fighter, court ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, year 1931, 20th century
Place: punjab, india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Raspoutine (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A group of Russian noblemen want to maintain the monarchy and plan to kill Rasputin.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, non-linear
Plot: rise to the top, empress, ambition, rise and fall, russian history, royal court, political intrigue, state affairs, society, clergy, conspiracy, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century
Place: russia, europe, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 3K
Warm Springs (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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.
Style: uplifting, realistic, sincere, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: politics, ambition, rise and fall, society, rebellion, fighting the system, human spirit, hopes, life is a bitch, introspection, disability, president ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa, florida, washington d.c., new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%