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

Most similar movies to An Enemy of the People

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and sincere films with plots about society, hopes, fighting the system, life is a bitch, rebellion, small town 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), Walkout (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A 91 years old carpenter, who is still in completely good health, has to fight developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: small town, village, small town life, rivalry, hopes, ambition, underdog, society, fighting the system, best friends, human spirit, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: georgia
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Taking Back Our Town (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: cancer, fighting the system, environmentalism, human spirit, heroic mission, hopes, society, obsessive quest, terminal illness, social relations, small town, church ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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44%
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
Style: sincere, clever, disturbing, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, rivalry, politics, rebellion, dishonesty, society, journalism, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, media, against the odds ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: america
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Ring the Bell (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When high-powered sports agent Rob Decker arrives looking for his next major league prospect, he finds more than he bargained for at the Cooke Boys Ranch. As he works to secure Shawn Hart, the top high school baseball prospect in the country, he ...
Style: realistic, serious, christian film
Plot: small town, introspection, redemption, social relations, disorder, society, hopes, misfit, scout, americana, small town life, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Afterburn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: heroes, state affairs, dishonesty, law enforcement, hopes, politics, uncover truth, fighting the system, investigation, rivalry, military, danger ...
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Walkout (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: discrimination, society, rebellion, teachers and students, politics, righting the wronged, lifestyle, fighting the system, rebelliousness, dedicated educator, against the odds, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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33%
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Harvest (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A DEA agent and a local sheriff have to wrestle with their consciences as they start raids on local farmers, who have started growing marijuana simply to keep their farms operational. Story focuses on a young man, who accidentally discovers that his ...
Style: sincere, contemplative, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: farm, introspection, small town life, moral dilemma, innocence lost, drug abuse, small town, corporate crimes, social relations, stoners, drug dealing, rebellion ...
Time: 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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31%
Heart of the Beholder (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a family who opened the first videocassette rental stores in St. Louis in 1980. The family was ruined by a corrupt prosecutor who had been blackmailed by a religious group because the family refused to remove Martin ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: rebellion, fighting the system, rivalry, injustice, religions or cults, corporate crimes, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, dishonesty, society, legal, campaign ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Alleged (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alleged is a romantic drama based on events occurring behind the scenes and outside the courtroom of the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925. Charles Anderson, a talented young reporter, feels trapped working for his deceased ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: moral dilemma, idealism, fighting the system, rivalry, ambition, columnist, injustice, righting the wronged, couples, hopes, romance, courtroom drama ...
Place: tennessee
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30%
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: disturbing, thought provoking, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: rebellion, fighting the system, price of justice, against the odds, legal, life is a bitch, ambition, society, injustice, human spirit, working class, racism ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, new york, appalachia
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30%
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Promised Land (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Style: thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: salesman, campaign, small town, greed, environmentalism, corporate world, powerful corporation, corporate crimes, character study, lone hero, eccentricity, idealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, texas, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Long and Happy Life (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Sascha lives in a village on the Kola Peninsular in northern Russia and dedicatedly manages what is left of an old collective farm. He gets on well with his farm workers who respect him and also tolerate his more or less clandestine love-affair with ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, stylized, sad ...
Plot: village, farm, society, rebelliousness, injustice, hopes, rebellion, tragedy, life is a bitch, depression, alcoholic, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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28%
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The Touch (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A seemingly happy Swedish housewife and mother begins an adulterous affair with a foreign archaeologist who is working near her home.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological
Plot: love affair, infidelity, destructive relationship, human nature, couple relations, love triangle, small town, introspection, fall in love, moral dilemma, small town life, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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28%
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Attica (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A behind the scenes look of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.
Style: suspenseful, rough, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, fighting the system, hostage, prison riot, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, politics, hostages, anti heroes, misfit, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: new york, usa
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27%
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Main Street (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: From the once thriving tobacco warehouses, to the current run-down and closed shops of Five Points, a diverse group of residents and their respective life changes when outsider Gus Leroy brings something new and potentially dangerous into their ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: estrangement, mysterious character, introspection, dishonesty, intrigue, social relations, hopes, small town life, small town
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
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Norma Rae (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: labor union, small town, working class, fighting the system, whistleblower, factory worker, against the odds, union, factory, labor, single mother, workplace ...
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The F Word (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing
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Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Spinning Into Butter (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean (Parker) in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: college, racism, society, journalism, fighting the system, rebellion, investigation, african american, discrimination, graphic violence, social relations, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: vermont, new england, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Vermont town in the 1950's hires a new minister based on his war record and capable presentation, but then are shocked when he shows up and is a black man. Things go completely wrong for ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: false accusation, racism, murder, small town, legal, society, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, profanity, social relations, price of justice ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: vermont, usa, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Bitter Harvest (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically-explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: contamination, farm, family life, family in crisis, parents and children, child illness, down on your luck, family problems, environmentalism, incompetent official, family relations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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A Civil Action (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and ...
Style: disturbing, serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, law firm, leukemia, uncover truth, legal investigation, legal, dedicated lawyer, righting the wronged, reach out ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, new york, washington d.c., massachusetts, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: fighting the system, state affairs, politics, hopes, society, legal, misfit, heroes, life is a bitch, social misfits, heroic mission, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Welcome to Paradise (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When big-city preacher Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) moves to the small town of Paradise with her son Hayden (Bobby Edner), she finds the local community unreceptive to her message of love and forgiveness. Determined to get through to her ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Plot: church, small town, love affair, self discovery, introspection, clergy, social relations, village, society, hopes, preacher, community ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
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 478
The Basket (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Peter Coyote (E.T., Erin Brokovich) and Karen Allen (The Perfect Storm) star in this touching family drama about the unifying power of basketball in a community torn apart by war. Both a riveting sports film and a tale of triumph over adversity, The ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: world war one, immigrants, athlete's life, society, hopes, orphan, underdog, lifestyle, youth, sport, dedicated educator, social relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 257
Damaged Care (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Anesthesist Doug Peeno hopes to pay for the legal costs of preventing his son Bryan being left in his first wife's bad custody with he proceeds of his present wife Linda's new job. She's the first graduate in her family and eagerly ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic
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Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.1
 325
1918 (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: It's 1918, the height of United States involvement in World War I - Liberty Bonds are sold, German immigrants are suspected as traitors or saboteurs, young men everywhere succumb to the patriotism and propaganda and enlist. In a small Texas ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war one, small town, influenza, social differences, society, romance, unfulfillment, lifestyle, love and romance, bittersweet, unfulfilled love, family in crisis ...
Time: 1910s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
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Bopha! (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In this story of a black policeman during South African apartheid, Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist government. When his son gets involved in the anti-apartheid ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional
Plot: racism, human spirit, idealism, parents and children, rebelliousness, moral dilemma, family life, discrimination, political unrest, life is a bitch, rebellion, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 825
Birdwatchers (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, the present. When a young Guarani-Kaiow√° woman commits suicide, N√°dio leads his community to form a protest camp on the borders of a local farm that sits on their ancestral burial ground.
Style: serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: culture clash, rebellion, interracial relations, indians, teenage life, hopes, life is a bitch, fighting the system, dishonesty, injustice, power relations, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
On Valentine's Day (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Elizabeth defies her wealthy parents by running off and marrying a young man of humble prospects, and her parents have not spoken to her since - even though the couple lives in a rooming house nearby, they are struggling financially, and she is ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: small town, pregnancy, americana, love affair, small town life, homecoming, family life, hotel, alcohol abuse, love and romance, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 1910s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.4
 114
A.L.F. (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: What happened, that 24th of December? This is what officer Chartier wants to find out. To understand, he will have to go back 48 hours earlier to Franck's Christmas eve. Franck is an insignificant drama-teacher by day, but also belongs to a ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, tense
Plot: moral dilemma, idealism, fighting the system, police investigation, unlikely criminals, crimes, betrayal, law enforcement, hopes, rebellion, dishonesty, radical ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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22%