Movies like Heat Wave 1990

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Heat Wave (1990)
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Heat Wave (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A rookie black journalist investigates the tensions of the Watts section of Los Angeles in the bloody summer of 1965.
Style: tense, thought provoking, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: racism, urban setting, life is a bitch, interracial relations, journalism, heat wave, society, media, political unrest, social decay, ghetto, african american, police brutality, riot, police chase, archive footage, police harassment
Time: 60s, year 1965, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and disturbing films with plots about society, life is a bitch, racism, interracial relations, injustice, murder and state affairs mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Heat Wave: Riot (1997), Show Me a Hero (2015), Blood Done Sign My Name (2010), King (1978), 10,000 Black Men Named George (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In ...
Style: epic, touching, emotional, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, interracial relations, slavery, hopes, social differences, human spirit, idealism, redemption, americana, social worker ...
Time: 60s, 19th century, 20th century, 1960s, 1860s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
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Riot (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In April 1992, following the notorious Rodney King verdict, the streets of Los Angeles became a battlefield, the backdrop to four personal intertwined stories.
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: rebellion, drug addiction, urban ghetto life, society, dishonesty, life is a bitch, profanity, graphic violence, shopping mall, arson, chaos, social decay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles
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Show Me a Hero (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.
Style: rough, thought provoking, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: politics, racism, state affairs, crimes, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, lawsuit, mayor, urban, murder, city council ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In December, 1986, 3 black men ran into car trouble in Howard Beach, a middle-class neighborhood in New York City. Unable to start their car, they sought refuge in a nearby restaurant. What happened later that night shocked the entire city.
Style: disturbing, controversial, thought provoking, tense, serious ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, society, crimes, legal, courtroom drama, americana, murder, social decay, working class, rich father, african american ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, society, crimes, social decay, introspection, discrimination, life is a bitch, injustice, small town, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
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58%
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King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
TV show
Story: A 1978 TV miniseries about the career of Martin Luther King Jr. from his days as a Baptist minister in Atlanta in the early '50s until his assassination in 1968.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, sincere, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, assassination, racism, state affairs, hopes, rebellion, righting the wronged, religions or cults, injustice, fighting the system, deadly, society ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: usa, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the 1920s, the rights of American workers to join a labor union was still considered an open question, and African-Americans were routinely denied their civil and economic rights. 10,000 Black Men Named George, the title, refers to the fact ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, tense, contemplative ...
Plot: interracial relations, labor union, injustice, rise to the top, ambition, fighting the system, rebellion, society, social decay, discrimination, racism, price of justice ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, uncover truth, teenage life, social decay, life is a bitch, idealism, racism, human spirit, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Press (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of a Kurdish newspaper whose journalists are under the constant threat of being abducted and killed by the state security forces.
Style: captivating, realistic, thought provoking, serious
Plot: journalism, media, politics, political unrest, realism, society, workplace, crimes, rivalry, danger, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: turkey, middle east
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49%
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Timepiece (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted the crime in self defense. All the while, ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: racism, family relations, self defense, murder, faith, dishonesty, life is a bitch, society, family life, false accusation, husband wife relationship, businessman ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, serious, sincere, controversial
Plot: assassination, politics, jazz, racism, society, ambition, folk hero, rebellion, leadership, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: college, racism, society, journalism, fighting the system, rebellion, investigation, african american, discrimination, social relations, graphic violence, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: vermont, new england, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: A mini-series dramatization of the controversial 1992 attack by federal agents on the Idaho home of Randy Weaver, a white seperatist. The ten-day siege, begun over a minor gun charge, resulted in the deaths of Weaver's son, wife and dog, and a ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: white supremacist, crime gone awry, media, lone wolves, fighting the system, criminal heroes, confined, special agents, danger, survival, society, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: idaho, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1948, Johns served as the outspoken spiritual leader of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Incensed at the racial injustice that pervaded the South, he was determined to fight for equality for all African Americans.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: racism, church, heroes, interracial relations, workplace situations, fighting the system, military, injustice, hopes, society, life is a bitch, rebellion ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
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Panther (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some ...
Style: controversial, disturbing, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: militant, racism, interracial relations, black panther party, black panthers, revolution, politics, state affairs, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
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41%
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Stonewall (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: "Stonewall" is a drama about a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, propaganda film
Plot: gay, police corruption, discrimination, fighting the system, society, gender, gay bar, gay teenager, father son relationship, humiliation, police brutality, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: usa, new york, indiana
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The Bang Bang Club (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the early to mid '90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva - bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, rough, based on true events
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, media, newspaper, journalism, society, life risking, life is a bitch, danger, state affairs, political unrest, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Sucker Free City (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick (Crowley) uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side. K-Luv (Mackie) is a member of the "V-Dubs", an ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, bleak, tense
Plot: gang, life is a bitch, gangsters, social decay, racism, juvenile delinquency, crimes, police investigation, dishonesty, drug dealing, law enforcement, city life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
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40%
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Black August (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The last 14 months of George Jackson's life was an existence under subjective and objective conditions in California's industrial prison complex. George Jackson would spend 11 years in jail (7 of which were in solitary confinement) for a ...
Style: thought provoking, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, racism, solitary, prison life, against the rules, rebellion, confined, fighting the system, rebelliousness, price of justice, society, life is a bitch ...
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
10 Days in a Madhouse (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Nellie Bly, a 23 year-old reporter for Joseph Pulitzer, goes undercover in the notorious Blackwell's Island women's insane asylum in order to expose corruption, abuse and murder.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, bleak
Plot: undercover, mental institution, uncover truth, life is a bitch, journalism, working undercover, reporter, doctors and patients, power relations, media, strong female presence, abuse ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, new york
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38%
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The Intruder (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.
Style: disturbing, sincere, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, false accusation, small town, manipulation, interracial relations, small town life, social differences, political unrest, social decay, violence spree, bishop, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing. (1997)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The incredible story of the events leading up to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and the capture of the terrorists.
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, world trade center manhattan new york city, world trade center, incompetent official, politics, crime, witnessing a crime, state affairs, failed attempt, skyscraper, working undercover, catastrophe ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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36%
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: This is the story of the days directly after 9/11, and the president's whereabouts. Scheduled to air shortly before the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, DC 9/11 takes an inside look at the Bush Administration, beginning with the ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, life is a bitch, political conspiracy, leadership, dishonesty, hijacking, americana, politics, state affairs, danger, head of state, government agency ...
Time: september 11 2001
Place: usa, new york, washington d.c., manhattan new york city
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36%
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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, serious, sincere, political thriller ...
Plot: courtroom, racism, courtroom drama, legal investigation, civil rights, legal, widow, activist, justice, injustice, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Negro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A black teenager vandalizes a racist lawn ornament.
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, police investigation, uncover truth, interracial relations, crimes, life is a bitch, law enforcement, society, murder, vandalism, violence, countryside ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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35%
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Jasper, Texas (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it affected all of the residents of the town, both black and white.
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, small town, social differences, social decay, fighting the system, investigation, african american, injustice, human spirit, murder, society, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine both received Emmy nominations for their performances in this made-for-TV movie. The plot follows Nelson Mandela's 27-year struggle to end apartheid.
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: prison, racism, apartheid, discrimination, society, heroes, politics, fighting the system, political unrest, false accusation, hopes, head of state ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Rosewood (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.
Style: rough, disturbing, tense, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: racism, small town, massacre, murder, hanging, false accusation, countryside, sheriff, racial slur, race riot, politics, danger ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, california, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, against humanity, genocide, clergy, haunted by the past, family relations, life is a bitch, deadly, priest, parents and children, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
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32%
The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, politics, political unrest, anti war, society, state affairs, world war one, archive footage, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
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32%