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: 118 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
Plot: working class, fighting the system, impossible love, life is a bitch, love and romance, ambition, rebellion, rise and fall, society, false accusation, immigrants, leadership, unfulfillment, prison, train, street kid, railway, miner, poverty, labor union, pickpocket, slum, misery, police brutality, socialism ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: utah, usa, 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, sincere and captivating films with plots about society, life is a bitch, rebellion, fighting the system, ambition, hopes and politics mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Joe Hill: Elvira Madigan (1967), Gideon's Trumpet (1980), Cesar Chavez (2014), Raven's End (1963), Adalen 31 (1969). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Elvira Madigan (1967)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, 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: emotional, atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: officer, suicide, life is a bitch, romance, unfulfilled love, destructive relationship, lovers on the run, couples, love affair, down on your luck, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: prison, false accusation, courtroom, rebellion, injustice, prison life, courtroom drama, society, righting the wronged, power relations, fighting the system, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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Cesar Chavez (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
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: realistic, captivating, tense, serious
Plot: labor union, life is a bitch, hopes, workplace situations, boss and employee, power relations, social relations, workplace, idealism, working class, society, leadership ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: rough, serious, sincere, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: labor union, fighting the system, gangsters, blind ambition, rise to the top, crimes, state affairs, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, workplace situations, leadership, political corruption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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: dysfunctional family, working class, life is a bitch, couple relations, artists and showbiz, writer's life, family relations, down on your luck, follow your dream, couples, ambition, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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: tense, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: labor union, injustice, rebellion, love and romance, workplace intrigue, life is a bitch, boss and employee, working class, unwanted pregnancy, society, social differences, military ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: captivating, factual, inspirational, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: feminism, fighting the system, rebellion, women, rebelliousness, working class, gender, politics, adoption, prejudice, idealism, workplace ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 19th century, 20th century, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: roman empire, fighting the system, society, rise and fall, hopes, unfulfillment, rebellion, idealism, religion, jesus christ
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 125 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, realistic, captivating
Plot: feminism, hopes, civil rights, life is a bitch, siblings relations, state affairs, lifestyle, society, injustice, americana, idealism, angel ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: virginia, tennessee, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
A Matter of Sex (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama - Jean Stapleton, Nancy Beatty, J. Winston Carroll
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: bank, discrimination, strike, boss and employee, workplace situations, price of justice, legal action, fighting the system, leadership, gender, society, feminism ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, year 1978, year 1979, year 1976
Place: minnesota, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Raspoutine (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A group of Russian noblemen want to maintain the monarchy and plan to kill Rasputin.
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, atmospheric
Plot: empress, clergy, royal court, ambition, society, rise and fall, unfulfillment, rise to the top, state affairs, political intrigue, rivalry, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1900s
Place: russia, europe, saint petersburg
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.1
 1K
Rasputin (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 151 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: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: rebellion, assassination, clergy, religions or cults, rivalry, mental illness, deadly, empress, royal family, dishonesty, revolution, anniversary ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917, year 1916
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Truman (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war ...
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, political drama
Plot: white house, politics, soldier, presidential election, hopes, military, head of state, human spirit, heroes, fighting the system, leadership, dishonesty ...
Time: 1950s
Place: usa, missouri, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Last Sentence (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Renowned journalist Torgny Segerstedt declares war against Hitler as he criticizes Swedish politicians who tried to look away from the tyranny of the Nazis with the good excuse of “neutralism”. His only weapon is his pen and his life is full of ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: fighting the system, rebellion, fascism, idealism, life is a bitch, wartime life, hopes, state affairs, love and romance, political unrest, love affair, human spirit ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, gloomy, disturbing, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: revolution, politics, factory, injustice, working class, fighting the system, clergy, state affairs, workplace situations, hopes, life is a bitch, exploit ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, turn of the century, 1900s, 1890s ...
Place: belgium, europe, flanders, poland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Nora (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, Italy, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's convinced her to come with him to Trieste, where he has a job ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sexual, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, artists and showbiz, romance, unfulfillment, sexual relations, couple relations, master and servant, love and romance, writer's life, love affair, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: italy, ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, sentimental
Plot: working class, president, family in crisis, siblings relations, rise to the top, hopes, urban ghetto life, escapades, parents and children, social differences, alcohol abuse, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, prison life, racism, oppression, apartheid, human spirit, discrimination, idealism, rebellion, hopes, state affairs, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1950s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Salvador (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The story of Salvador Puig Antich, one of the last political prisoners to be executed under Franco's Fascist State in 1974.
Style: thought provoking, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: anarchist, execution, journalism, legal investigation, against humanity, crime, state affairs, confined, rebelliousness, society, death row, merciless ...
Time: 70s
Place: barcelona, europe, spain, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.6
 13K
Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: rise and fall, against the rules, civil rights, stripper, drug abuse, fighting the system, showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, addiction, stand-up comedian, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.8
 477
Peter and Paul (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.
Style: epic, captivating, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: injustice, clergy, religions or cults, redemption, anti heroes, against the odds, society, heroes, leadership, obsessive quest, dishonesty, ambition ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Death of a Prophet (1981)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After breaking ties with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X became a man marked for death...and it was just a matter of time before his enemies closed in. Despite death threats and intimidation, Malcolm marched on - continuing to spread the word of ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: racism, assassination, politics, jazz, americana, rebellion, deadly, fighting the system, folk hero, leadership, ambition, society ...
Time: 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: realistic, sincere, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: labor union, couple relations, hopes, anti heroes, human nature, against the odds, society, ambition, life is a bitch, workplace situations, price of justice, heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 6.5
 1K
Fidel & Che (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.
Style: sincere, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: revolution, ambition, media, chaos, rebellion, idealism, dishonesty, political unrest, fighting the system, political corruption, racism, politics ...
Time: 20th century
Place: cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A word for word depiction of the life of Jesus Christ from the Good News Translation Bible as recorded in the Gospel of John.
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, based on the bible
Plot: religions or cults, ambition, betrayal, false accusation, society, rise and fall, captivity, heroes, leadership, dishonesty, supernatural ability, human spirit ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: uplifting, captivating, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, rise to the top, hopes, society, introspection, ambition, state affairs, head of state, terminal illness, human spirit, leadership, historical figure ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 30s, 70s ...
Place: israel, milwaukee wisconsin, wisconsin, middle east, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.
Style: motivational, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, salesman, athlete's life, hopes, contests and competitions, human spirit, ambition, prodigy, social differences, struggle ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Noriega: God's Favorite (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega.
Style: realistic, serious, dark humor
Plot: life is a bitch, army investigation, state affairs, against the rules, political unrest, head of state, fighting the system, revolution, jungle, idealism, clergy, rebellion ...
Time: 90s
Place: panama
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.7
 55
John Hus (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: A faithful recounting of the ministry, trial and martyrdom of the fifteenth century Bohemian priest John Hus, who built on the reforms of John Wycliffe, taught the Bible in the vernacular and who influenced Martin Luther a century later.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, christian film
Plot: martyr, political corruption, fighting the system, hopes, society, religions or cults, power relations, false accusation, rebellion, idealism, clergy, dishonesty ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Organizer (1963)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, Yugoslavia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Professor Sinigaglia (Marcello Mastroianni) is the title character in this darkly comedic Italian drama about mistreated factory workers in the city of Turin. Toiling away in appalling conditions in a textile mill, these employees have no one to ...
Style: sincere, serious, thought provoking, captivating, realistic
Plot: factory, labor union, working class, politics, sweatshop, strike, turin italy, solidarity, running from police, misery, prostitution, legal ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 1900s, 1890s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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