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, rough, thought provoking, bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: urban setting, black history, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, journalism, heat wave, society, media, political unrest, social decay, ghetto, african american, riot, police chase, police brutality, 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, injustice, interracial relations, murder and crimes mostly in Drama, History and Crime genres. Some movies like Heat Wave: Riot (1996), Show Me a Hero (2015), Blood Done Sign My Name (2010), Boycott (2001), King (1978). 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: political, epic, non-linear, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: civil rights, slavery, racism, discrimination, flashback, journalist, elderly, african american, social injustice, racist, black american, female protagonist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1860s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
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Riot (1996)
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: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: drug addiction, nypd, hip hop culture, rebellion, shopping mall, corrupt officer, chaos, injustice, urban ghetto, social decay, chaos and mayhem, urban ghetto life ...
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: serious, thought provoking, tense, captivating, rough ...
Plot: racism, politics, lawsuit, society, crimes, state affairs, life is a bitch, mayor, pop culture, true crime, interracial relations, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, legal, crimes, society, courtroom, murder, social decay, courtroom drama, americana, working class, justice, criminal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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, captivating, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, discrimination, social decay, introspection, injustice, society, life is a bitch, crimes, small town life, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
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57%
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Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, talky
Plot: civil rights movement, interracial relations, racism, racial prejudice, protest, social activism, rebellion, fighting the system, human spirit, discrimination, social differences, politics ...
Time: 50s
Place: alabama, usa
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56%
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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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, american history, black man, liberation theology, politics, assassination, usa history, fighting the system, clergy, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ 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: captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, tense, realistic ...
Plot: racism, labor union, interracial relations, rise to the top, ambition, fighting the system, injustice, life is a bitch, rebellion, journalism, workplace, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: realistic, serious, rough, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, uncover truth, social decay, life is a bitch, hopes, society, lifestyle, youth, racism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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50%
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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: thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, christmas, faith, self defense, family relations, murder, family life, false accusation, society, dishonesty, life is a bitch, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, controversial
Plot: civil rights movement, assassination, politics, jazz, racism, religions or cults, ambition, state affairs, folk hero, fighting the system, leadership, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, serious, thought provoking, political thriller
Plot: journalism, media, politics, political unrest, realism, workplace, society, rivalry, crimes, kurd, freedom of the press, oppression ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: turkey, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: college, racism, society, journalism, fighting the system, investigation, rebellion, discrimination, african american, teacher, college life, interracial relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: vermont, new england, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events, The Lena Baker Story recounts one African-American womans struggle to rise above the challenges of her life, to face the choices she makes, and to ultimately triumph over her...Lena Baker was the first and only woman to be ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, bleak, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, racism, false accusation, workplace, courtroom drama, crimes, boss and employee, injustice, courtroom, electric chair, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: serious, realistic, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, conspiracy, white supremacist, siege, fbi, religion, police, gunfight, extremist, wilderness, violence spree ...
Time: 90s
Place: idaho, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: civil rights, racism, church, military, clergy, fighting the system, hopes, state affairs, rebellion, society, heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: political, disturbing, suspense, entertaining, harsh ...
Plot: black panthers, conspiracy, racism, revolution, politics, african american, drugs, violence, civil rights movement, world politics, women, greed ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: california, vietnam, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 296
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, serious, realistic, rough, political
Plot: prison, racism, solitary, prison life, confined, rebellion, fighting the system, against the rules, rebelliousness, price of justice, injustice, militant ...
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: serious, tense, realistic, bleak
Plot: mental institution, uncover truth, undercover, reporter, life is a bitch, working undercover, journalism, doctors and patients, women, spy, strong female presence, media ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, rough, bleak, tense
Plot: gangsters, urban ghetto life, gang, racism, life is a bitch, crimes, social decay, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, dysfunctional family, city life, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, media, journalism, newspaper, society, life risking, discrimination, political unrest, life is a bitch, state affairs, social activist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994
Place: africa, south africa
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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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: world trade center manhattan new york city, disaster, terrorism, catastrophe, failed attempt, incompetent official, skyscraper, working undercover, crimes, politics, witnessing a crime, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: serious, bleak, captivating, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, life is a bitch, political conspiracy, leadership, government agency, state affairs, head of state, dishonesty, politics, americana, hijacking, tragic event ...
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, factual, compassionate, inspirational ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, civil rights, courtroom drama, legal, legal investigation, lawyer, justice, investigation, murder, assassination, racial violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, visually appealing, political, harsh ...
Plot: racism, small town, murder, african american, politics, massacre, civil rights, serial killer, death, violence, swamp, conspiracy ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: florida, california, south africa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: psychotronic, political, suspense, biting, talky ...
Plot: racism, lynch mob, ku klux klan, exploitation, false accusation, small town, manipulation, social relations, bishop, injustice, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, queer cinema, propaganda film
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, police brutality, gay bar, homosexuality, police corruption, gay teenager, lgbt, police raid, protest, gay culture, father son relationship, bigotry ...
Time: 60s, year 1969, 20th century, year 1970
Place: usa, new york, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 508
The Negro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A black teenager vandalizes a racist lawn ornament.
Style: tense, serious, sincere, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, police investigation, uncover truth, interracial relations, law enforcement, life is a bitch, society, crimes, vandalism, murder, violence, countryside ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.
Style: serious, thought provoking, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, murder, child abduction, injustice, crimes, folk hero, dishonesty, life is a bitch, death in the family, courtroom drama, dealing with death ...
Time: 1930s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: thought provoking, captivating, uplifting, tense, realistic ...
Plot: discrimination, apartheid, prison, racism, political unrest, false accusation, injustice, congress, righting the wronged, heroes, hopes, against humanity ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%