Movies like An Enemy of the People

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An Enemy of the People (1978)
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An Enemy of the People (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A small forest town is trying to promote itself as a place for tourists to come enjoy the therapeutic hot springs and unspoiled nature. Dr. Stockmann, however, makes the inconvenient discovery that the nature around the village is not so unspoiled. In fact, the runoff from the local tanning mill has contaminated the water to a dangerous degree. The town fathers argue that cleaning up the mess would be far too expensive and the publicity would destroy the town's reputation, so therefore news of the pollution should be suppressed. Dr. Stockmann decides to fight to get the word out to the people, but receives as very mixed reaction.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: small town, contamination, village, battles, contests and competitions, fighting the system, rebellion, village life, hopes, legal, society, small town life, dishonesty, social misfits, price of justice, environmentalism, idealism, rivalry, americana, leadership, toxic, social relations, righting the wronged, health, cover-up ...
Time: 70s
Place: norway

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and sincere films with plots about society, hopes, fighting the system, life is a bitch, small town, rebellion and dishonesty mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like An Enemy of the People: Taking Back Our Town (2001), Inherit the Wind (1999), Ring the Bell (2013), Afterburn (1992), Harvest (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Taking Back Our Town (2001)
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Duration: 90 min.
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Inherit the Wind (1999)
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Duration: 113 min.
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Ring the Bell (2013)
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Duration: 97 min.
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Harvest (1998)
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Duration: 96 min.
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Duration: 104 min.
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Duration: 94 min.
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Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, sincere, captivating ...
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Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
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