Movies like 12 Years a Slave

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12 Years a Slave (2013)
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
Style: heartbreaking, motivational, bleak, factual, brutal, disturbing, atmospheric, emotional, rough, intense ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, civil rights, human trafficking, american history, blacks and whites, african american, confined, rape, survival, racial slur, kidnapping, graphic violence, slave labor, grief, hanging, separation from family, brutality, free spirit, tragedy ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.

Most similar movies to 12 Years a Slave

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic and emotional films with plots about mentor, storytelling, racism, justice, courage, culture clash and corruption mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like 12 Years a Slave: The Help (2011), Django Unchained (2012), Schindler's List (1993), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), The Book of Negroes (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: maid, racism, friendship, master and servant, interracial relations, civil rights, racial segregation, writers, racial issues, blacks and whites, discrimination, storytelling ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: dark humor, captivating, rough, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, bounty hunter, old west, racism, vengeance, slavery, african american, gory, torture, society, rescue, courage ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, texas, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, realistic, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, rescue, against humanity, ghetto, anti semitism, wartime, nazi, survival, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: emotional, touching, thought provoking, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, butler, white house, u.s. president, blacks and whites, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, 80s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., nashville tennessee, united states, south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Book of Negroes (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 265 min.
Story: Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 19th century.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, racism, slavery, hopes, injustice, american revolution, society, escapades, confined, black woman, strong female presence ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
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Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, thought provoking, touching, emotional ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, interracial relations, family history, escape attempt, freedom, discrimination, social problems, injustice ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s, 70s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina that results in a violent retaliation from whites.
Style: factual, brutal, intense, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: slavery, preacher, rebellion, racism, rape, civil war, suffering, preaching, poverty, father son relationship, brother sister relationship, freedom ...
Time: 19th century
Place: virginia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 27K
Belle (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet ...
Style: captivating, emotional, stylized, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, slavery, aristocracy, social differences, forbidden love, love and romance, society, high society, racism, estate, period piece, culture clash ...
Time: 18th century, victorian england, georgian era, 1780s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, london, africa, vienna ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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 7.4
 23K
Amazing Grace (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of William Wilberforce's courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Although meeting intense opposition, his minister, John Newton, urges him to see the cause through.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere, factual ...
Plot: slavery, politics, mentor, friendship, injustice, civil rights, politician, musician, debate, slave trade, freedom, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian, 1790s, 1780s ...
Place: england, london, paris france, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 80K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, civil rights movement, tragic event, racial slur, african american, fighting the system, self discovery, police, islam ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, harlem, new york, africa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
When They See Us (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 296 min.
Story: Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
Style: rough, psychological, thought provoking, based on true events, suspense
Plot: investigation, rape, interracial relations, racial issues, black cast, social issues, suspect, central park, racism, false accusation, lawyer, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 7K
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, suspense, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: small town, racism, murder, false accusation, hanging, massacre, politics, life is a bitch, violence spree, interracial relations, profanity, graphic violence ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: florida, usa, california, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 104K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, disturbing, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, u.s. navy, military, navy, racial discrimination, racism, racial segregation, prejudice, instructor, ambition, society, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, touching, serious, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: child abuse, racism, culture clash, survival, kidnapping, australian aboriginal, punishment, hopes, australian outback, outback, aborigine, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 69K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, political, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, boston, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.8
 117K
Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, freedom, slavery, racism, battles, prejudice, battle, war, military life, captain, hopes, camp ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, new england, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, vietnam war, photographer, war, friendship, anti war, life is a bitch, wartime life, rebelliousness, human spirit, evacuation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, new york, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 189K
Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, exciting, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mathematics, nasa, racism, discrimination, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, scientist, prejudice, job promotion, genius, black woman ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1961, year 1962, 20th century
Place: langley virginia, virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Malawi
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.
Style: motivational, rough, disturbing, factual, bleak
Plot: farming, hunger, school, destiny, childhood, theft, survival, courage, defiant, life is a bitch, hopes, desperation ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 7.5
 81K
Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, fighting the system, americana, discrimination, society, rebelliousness, injustice ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 238K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: epic, emotional, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: idealism, racism, american civil war, president, politics, historical character, head of state, slavery, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 12K
Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, racism, police brutality, civil rights, apartheid, journalist, politics, interracial relations, idealism, journalism, murder, uncover truth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Best of Enemies (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of the real-life unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1971 North Carolina.
Style: rough, psychological, sincere, suspense, based on true events ...
Plot: interracial friendship, civil rights, human spirit, interracial relations, activism, righting the wronged, human rights, court, aggression, danger, ku klux klan, racism ...
Time: 70s, year 2016, year 2005, year 1971
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 22K
Manderlay (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, psychological, intense ...
Plot: slavery, racism, interracial relations, idealism, freedom, righting the wronged, social differences, liberal, understanding, society, blacks and whites, discrimination ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, prison life, historical figure, social problems, marital problem, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Railway Man (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Switzerland, UK, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.
Style: captivating, intense, emotional, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: torture, war, human spirit, life is a bitch, wartime life, haunted by the past, revenge, captivity, track down, world war two, war criminal, pow ...
Time: 20th century, year 1980, year 1942, 1940s
Place: thailand, asia, burma, japan, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 10K
Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, danger, false accusation, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980, year 1991
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 9K
Talk to Me (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
Style: realistic, sincere, inspirational, emotional, touching ...
Plot: radio, ex convict, civil rights, protest, society, media, manager, african american, ambition, cheating, friendship, prison ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, u.s. capitol building, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 13K
Heaven & Earth (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. ...
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: vietnam war, interracial relations, village, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, opposites attract, crumbling marriage, survival, war crime, father daughter relationship, dog, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, murder, sheriff, small town, racial slur, police brutality, civil rights, police, african american, police investigation, violence, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%