Movies like White Mama

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White Mama (1980)
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White Mama (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A poor, elderly white woman living in a tenement in a black ghetto is befriended by a neighborhood boy, and the two of them form a mutually beneficial relationship: he provides her companionship and protection, and she becomes the mother he never had
Style: sincere, uplifting, thought provoking, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: elderly, survival, neighborhood, poor, aging, friendship, interracial relations, eviction, youth, friends, teenage life, society, juvenile delinquency, golden years, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, teenager, boxing, african american, poverty, juvenile delinquent, responsibility, widow, trust, pride ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa

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Most similar movies to White Mama

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about society, youth, friendship, friends, family relations, life is a bitch and coming of age mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like White Mama: Stone Pillow (1985), The Chosen (1981), A Storm in Summer (2000), To Sir, with Love II (1996), Anne B. Real (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Stone Pillow (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A homeless woman named Florabelle becomes the unwitting guide to the streets for a New York social worker named Carrie who thinks she has lessons to offer the down-and-out clients she serves at the homeless shelter. Soon, however, Carrie realizes ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, sentimental
Plot: homeless, social worker, homeless shelter, woman in danger, survival, friendship, urban ghetto, college graduate, friends, society, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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95%
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The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: realistic, touching, dramatic, talky, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, jewish, religion, father son relationship, culture clash, chosen one, judaism, rabbi, jewish culture, orthodox jew, mentor ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, israel, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
A Storm in Summer (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in 1969, Abel Shaddick, a crotchety deli owner, has a grudge against virtually everyone in his upstate New York town of Fairview, particularly against his slacker nephew Stanley who lives behind the shop. Without telling his uncle, Stanley ...
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: uncle nephew relationship, racism, interracial relations, friendship, odd couple, society, golden years, family life, charity, youth, family relations, friends ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
To Sir, with Love II (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring.
Style: political, realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, juvenile delinquency, high school, education, society, dedicated educator, hardcase students, youth, hopes, bad attitude, urban ghetto, undisciplined ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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 4K
Anne B. Real (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: ANNE B. REAL is the coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, urban ghetto, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Audience: teen drama
Plot: youth, family relations, teenage life, friendship, self discovery, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, human nature, life is a bitch, elderly, society ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Our Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, thought provoking, touching, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, high school, teenager, adolescence, musician's life, lifestyle, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: future, 90s, 80s
Place: new york, california, usa, brooklyn new york city, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.5
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Macondo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama centered on an 11-year-old Chechnyan refugee living in Vienna whose life is thrown into disarray when a friend of his deceased father materializes.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: youth, coming of age, interracial relations, society, life is a bitch, immigrants, misfit, urban ghetto life, little boy, urban ghetto, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 4.1
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X/Y (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: friends, city life, understanding, friendship, family relations, society, best friends, twentysomething life, friend, sex, urban
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sad
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, youth, homeless, life is a bitch, lifestyle, teenage life, friendship, working class, hopes, forceful separation, urban ghetto life, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brooklyn new york city, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.0
 292
Amexicano (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A look at the bond between an illegal immigrant and a blue-collar Italian-American from Queens.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, humorous
Plot: friendship, social differences, deportation, society, immigrants, culture clash, working class, unemployment, human nature, interracial friendship, unrequited love, unlikely hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The We and the I (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The We and the I is the heartfelt and comical story of the final bus ride home for a group of young high school students and graduates.
Style: talky, sincere, touching, serious, contemplative
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, group of friends, teenager, high school life, social relations, society, youth, interracial relations, adolescence vs adulthood, introspection, coming of age, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Whales of August (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Whales of August is a 1987 film based on a play by David Berry starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish as elderly sisters. Also in the cast were Ann Sothern as one of their friends, and Vincent Price as a peripheral member of the former Russian ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: elderly lovers, aging, old age, sister sister relationship, women, sisters, ship, existentialism, elderly, sibling relationship, couples, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 6K
Goodbye Solo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: taxi driver, friendship, immigrants, loneliness, mentor, depression, suicidal, character study, elderly, society, regret, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, africa, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Chantel Mitchell (Ariyan Johnson), a hip, articulate, black high-school girl in Brooklyn, is determined not to become "just another girl on the IRT" (the IRT is one of NYC's subway lines). She dreams of medical school, a family, and ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage pregnancy, woman, pregnancy, hip hop, kids in trouble, family relations, medical school, urban ghetto, power relations, dedicated educator, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
First, Last and Deposit (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Tessa (Jessica White) faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized by the fact that Tessa's school ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, touching, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, society, youth, parents and children, teenage life, working class, family relations, eviction, survival, school, corporate crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, youth, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, power relations, hopes, society, fire brigade, friendship, rivalry, girl, reach out ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.5
 197
True Friends (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York, The Bronx, 1980. Two Italian boys Joey Esposito and Louie Mazerino jump to the defence of a smaller Puerto Rican boy, J.J. Lopez, when J.J. is threatened by six schoolyard bullies. The three boys soon become best friends, and they always ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, city life, urban ghetto life, addiction, school, drug abuse, best friends, coming of age, partners, buddies, unfulfillment, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new york yankees, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Toe to Toe (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: captivating, realistic, sentimental, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lacrosse, friendship, teenage life, self discovery, coming of age, social differences, racism, youth, woman, bittersweet, rich and poor, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Not Waving But Drowning (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Not Waving But Drowning is a chronological look at growing up, formed from two different stories. The two sets of friends represent the American dilemma between what you have known and what you hope to know; the tear between longing for the past and ...
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, starting over, adolescence vs adulthood, society, couples, best friends, friends
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Little Senegal (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Algeria, France, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Passionné par l'histoire de son peuple, Alloune, un vieux guide du musée africain "La Maison des Esclaves" à Gorée, part en pèlerinage pour retrouver les descendants de ses ancêtres aux Etats-Unis. Cet émouvant voyage va le ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: racism, slavery, family relations, immigrants, obsessive quest, society, family tradition, elderly, family history, interracial relations, ancestry, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, south carolina, harlem, new york, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
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Bones (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The heart breaking coming of age story of four teens growing up in 1989 blue collar New York, and the bond that would tie them together for life.
Style: realistic, psychological, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, friendship, coming of age, manslaughter, drug use, crime and punishment, society, friends, chaos and mayhem, bully ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Sudie and Simpson (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A television movie about the friendship that develops between a young white girl and an older black man in a racist, rural Georgia town during the 1940s.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: youth, lifetime, interracial relations, racism, false accusation, small town, friendship, discrimination, human nature, small town life, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 1940s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Brother to Brother (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, touching, social ...
Plot: gay, gay teenager, black lgbt, society, human nature, golden years, lifestyle, friendship, estrangement, artists and showbiz, love and romance, lgbt ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: teacher, education, high school, dedicated educator, racism, english teacher, school teacher, fish out of water, culture clash, high school life, friendship, high school teacher ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, this drama stars a then-19-year-old Matty Rich (who also wrote and directed it). Rich plays Larry, a troubled teen living in the rough Red Hook section of Brooklyn who decides he wants out ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, african american, gangsters, villain, downbeat ending, hip hop culture, racism, drug dealing, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, family relations, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Master Builder (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, cerebral ...
Plot: introspection, aging, couples, elderly, redemption, architect, society, death, couple relations, life turned upside down, disorder, golden years ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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As Summers Die (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Set in a sleepy Southern Louisiana town in 1959, a lawyer, searches for justice as he volunteers to help a black woman whose property is being threatened by the Holts, the first family of the town, after she refuses to sell her valuable land.
Style: political, captivating, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: interracial relations, family problems, social relations, injustice, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, society, legal, small town, rich and poor, racism, idealism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, georgia, louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
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Tiger Eyes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, friendship, death in the family, bittersweet, grieving, depression, life is a bitch, love story, teenager, grief, dealing with death, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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How She Move (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After the death of Raya Green's(Rutina Wesley) sister, she gets out from her classes at school, and sees a stomp crew practicing. She meets Bishop(Dwain Murphy) which is the dance crew leader. She then meets Michelle and does a stomp battle ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: dancing, coming of age, hip hop, teenage life, friendship, youth, follow your dream, contests and competitions, black people, high school life, urban ghetto life, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%