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: USA, UK
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: motivational, heartbreaking, bleak, rough, brutal, disturbing, atmospheric, factual, emotional, intense ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, master and servant, torture, civil rights, blacks and whites, human trafficking, african american, confined, rape, justice, survival, racial slur, kidnapping, american history, graphic violence, free spirit, slave labor, grief, hanging, separation from family, brutality ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, emotional, realistic and thought provoking films with plots about racism, mentor, justice, segregation, storytelling, society and courage mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like 12 Years a Slave: Django Unchained (2012), The Help (2011), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), Schindler's List (1993), The Book of Negroes (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, vengeance, slavery, old west, racism, african american, one against many, revenge, violent, society, courage ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, tennessee, texas
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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: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, storytelling, interracial relations, social relations, hopes, racial issues, writers ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, serious, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, white house, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states, nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama ...
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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, thought provoking, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, rescue, anti semitism, nazi, wartime, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Book of Negroes (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 265 min.
TV show
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: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, uplifting, epic ...
Plot: human spirit, racism, life is a bitch, slavery, hopes, injustice, master and servant, american revolution, escapades, society, confined, black woman ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
TV show
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, injustice, social problems ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s, 70s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: slavery, interracial relations, aristocracy, white male black female relationship, love and romance, society, social differences, high society, forbidden love, period piece, estate, racism ...
Time: 18th century, victorian england, georgian era, 1780s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, london, vienna, africa ...
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91%
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, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: slavery, preacher, rebellion, racism, rape, civil war, suffering, father son relationship, poverty, brother sister relationship, preaching, freedom ...
Time: 19th century
Place: virginia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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When They See Us (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 296 min.
TV show
Story: Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
Style: suspense, psychological, rough, thought provoking, based on true events ...
Plot: investigation, rape, racial issues, interracial relations, black cast, social issues, suspect, central park, racism, false accusation, lawyer, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 86K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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, thought provoking, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, fighting the system, african american, racial slur, tragic event, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, harlem, new york, africa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 20K
Harriet (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: China, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.
Style: based on true events, thought provoking, enigmatic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: slavery, american civil war, female protagonist, african american, resistance fighter, freedom, fear, belief in god, black woman, song, pursuit, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: southern usa, baltimore, maryland, pennsylvania, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 24K
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, sincere, emotional, serious, factual ...
Plot: slavery, politics, friendship, civil rights, injustice, debate, musician, politician, mentor, father son relationship, slave trade, freedom ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, victorian era, victorian ...
Place: england, london, paris france, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, thought provoking, captivating, biting ...
Plot: racism, small town, murder, hanging, massacre, false accusation, politics, interracial relations, small town life, violence spree, society, danger ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, california, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 107K
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, inspirational, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, navy, u.s. navy, african american, racism, prejudice, military, racial discrimination, racial segregation, soldier, against the odds, dream come true ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, thought provoking ...
Plot: interracial friendship, civil rights, human spirit, interracial relations, activism, righting the wronged, human rights, danger, court, aggression, racism, segregation ...
Time: 70s, year 2016, year 2005, year 1971
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 72K
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, political, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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, school, hunger, destiny, childhood, theft, survival, courage, hopes, defiant, life is a bitch, desperation ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
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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, captivating, thought provoking, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, freedom, slavery, racism, battle, war, prejudice, hopes, glory, military life, african american ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, south carolina, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, photographer, vietnam war, war, friendship, anti war, wartime life, human spirit, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, media ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, factual, exciting, sincere, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, discrimination, space program, racial segregation, african american woman, strong female character, genius, scientist, prejudice, sexism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1962, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, justice, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, african american, discrimination, americana, fighting the system, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1964 ...
Place: alabama, usa, birmingham alabama, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, bleak, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: racism, friendship, civil rights, police brutality, newspaper editor, apartheid, journalist, interracial relations, politics, idealism, journalism, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1977
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
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
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Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, freedom, social differences, righting the wronged, liberal, discrimination, society, blacks and whites, understanding, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, social problems, marital problem, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 1990s, 90s ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
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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: emotional, epic, captivating, factual, political ...
Plot: idealism, president, american civil war, racism, civil war, politics, historical character, head of state, slavery, leadership, political unrest, republican ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, danger, social problems, false accusation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, sincere, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, interracial relations, slavery, media, americana, human spirit, idealism, social differences, redemption, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1960s, 1860s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, protest, civil rights, african american, media, society, manager, cheating, ambition, friendship, radio show ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, u.s. capitol building, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, rough, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, war crime, un, cruelty, war, refugee, atrocity, corpse, massacre, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, somalia, congo, tanzania
⇓ similarity ⇓
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