Movies like Brother John

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Brother John (1971)
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Brother John (1971)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A mysterious man John Kane (Sidney Poitier) who, when he returns to his hometown in Alabama for his sister's funeral, is thought to be an outside labor agitator - until it's revealed that he's really a heavenly messenger. The plot revolves around a strike at the town's big factory.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: racism, racial tension, labor strike, picket line, injustice, life is a bitch, interracial relations, rebellion, hopes, discrimination, family problems, society, small town life, death in the family, price of justice, opposites attract, small town, homecoming, americana, innocence lost, mysterious character, workplace situations, social relations, police corruption, angel ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, alabama, southern usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and touching films with plots about racism, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, injustice, hopes and discrimination mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Brother John: Sudie and Simpson (1990), Freedom Song (2000), Mandela and de Klerk (1997), A Raisin in the Sun (2008), Heart of Dixie (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, racism, false accusation, small town, social relations, injustice, youth, coming of age, hopes, opposites attract, society ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
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95%
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Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, teenage life, parents and children, injustice, society, hopes, politics, americana ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, racism, apartheid, discrimination, hopes, congress, injustice, righting the wronged, political unrest, false accusation, state affairs, society ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, couple relations, parents and children, social differences, rich and poor, follow your dream, single parent, interracial relations, racial discrimination ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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 661
Heart of Dixie (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set at a Southern college during the 1950s, three co-eds (Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen and Phoebe Cates) re-assess their values in light of the burgeoning civil rights movement.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, contemplative, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, college, interracial relations, coming of age, hopes, media, journalism, lifestyle, bittersweet, campus, injustice, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
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84%
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Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama
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: sincere, realistic, serious, talky
Plot: interracial relations, racism, civil rights movement, social activism, racial prejudice, protest, human spirit, rebellion, fighting the system, social differences, discrimination, politics ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.0
 159
White Water (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: ...
Style: touching, sentimental, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: young heroes, missing child, racism, obsession, youth, discrimination, danger, family problems, parents and children, interracial relations, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Once They Marched Through a Thousand Towns (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie.
Style: sincere, disturbing, gloomy, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, legal, suburbs, courtroom drama, civil rights, hopes, opposites attract, rebellion, life is a bitch, society, against humanity, politics ...
Time: 80s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Harlan County War (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: against the odds, price of justice, rebellion, fighting the system, racism, human nature, working class, human spirit, injustice, society, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, new york, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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The Klansman (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small southern town has just been rocked by a tragedy: a young woman has been violently raped. The white town fathers immediately declare that the attacker had to be black, and place the blame on Garth, a young black man. Assuming that the men in ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: interracial relations, small town, false accusation, racism, ku klux klan, social decay, police corruption, discrimination, vigilantism, small town life, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, social decay, introspection, discrimination, injustice, society, life is a bitch, crimes, small town, social relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 1K
Shadrach (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, slave, slavery, human nature, crumbling marriage, society, unfulfillment, family problems, injustice, friends, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
A Gathering of Old Men (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer is shot in self defense. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing of a white ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: racism, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, golden years, false accusation, friendship, interracial relations, discrimination, americana, crimes, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall...
Style: touching, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: racism, working class, medical school, family relations, neighborhood, apartment, urban setting, racial prejudice, housewife, racial tension, racial segregation, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, nigeria, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Summer's End (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: 12-year-old boy and his older brother have just lost their dad. At their summer cottage, the younger boy befriends a black doctor who has to deal with local prejudice and racism.
Style: touching, sincere, atmospheric, realistic, serious
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, racism, small town, society, hopes, youth, family problems, family relations, friends, social relations, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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: touching, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: interracial relations, family problems, social relations, injustice, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, society, legal, idealism, racism, rich and poor, small town ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: georgia, usa, louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Singer is a deaf-mute whose small world brings him in contact with a young girl, Mick, who cherishes a seemingly hopeless dream of becoming a concert pianist. At first hostile, Mick soon becomes friends with Singer, hoping to enlarge his small ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, sincere, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: racism, coming of age, small town, introspection, small town life, isolation, americana, friendship, human nature, teenage life, initially antagonists, love and romance ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, alabama, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, thought provoking, captivating, tense, serious ...
Plot: labor union, interracial relations, rise to the top, ambition, fighting the system, injustice, social decay, rebellion, workplace, dishonesty, journalism, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: fall in love, life is a bitch, social differences, human nature, family life, parents and children, soldier, society, interracial relations, injustice, feminism, pregnancy ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: mississippi, virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 430K
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 ⇓
52%
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: This film relates the story of a tightly connected Afro-American community informally called Colored Town where the inhabitants live and depend on each other in a world where racist oppression is everywhere, as told by a boy called Cliff who spent ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, realistic, compassionate, contemplative ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, interracial relations, americana, racial segregation, social differences, injustice, society, youth, life is a bitch, family life ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 70s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, rebellion, social differences, human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, legal, society, life is a bitch, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Nightjohn (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Charles Burnett directs this movie about John, a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: he can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: fighting the system, reading, literacy, teaching, plantation, slave, americana, against the odds, human spirit, society, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Nothing But a Man (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, touching, clever, sincere ...
Plot: discrimination, pursuit, family relations, interracial relations, couple relations, small town, social differences, working class, small town life, hopes, romance, misfit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, birmingham alabama, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Flame in the Streets (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Flame in the Streets is a 1961 British drama film directed by Roy Ward Baker. Racial tensions manifest themselves at home, work and on the streets during Bonfire Night in the burgeoning West Indian community of early 1960s Britain. Trades union ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: interracial relations, factory, racism, family relations, union, opposites attract, society, life is a bitch, workplace, injustice, couples, rebellion ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Green Dragon (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A tale about Vietnamese refugees sent to an orientation camp on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California, 'Green Dragon' focuses on a young boy and his sister. Set in 1975, the film chronicles the stories told to the two children by ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: military, interracial relations, self discovery, military life, friendship, culture clash, translator, homecoming, human nature, immigrants, military base, racism ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Least Among You (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, rebellion, against the odds, human spirit, self discovery, leadership, social relations, hopes, life is a bitch, student life, clergy, society ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.9
 1K
Walkout (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: discrimination, society, rebellion, politics, righting the wronged, teachers and students, lifestyle, fighting the system, dedicated educator, rebelliousness, high school life, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 532
Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, interracial relations, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, society, unfulfillment, hopes, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
America So Beautiful (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This film follows the odyssey of a group of Iranian immigrants in Los Angeles, trying to find their place in America amidst the unfolding of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: disco, racism, lifestyle, follow your dream, culture clash, injustice, nightlife, interracial relations, misfit, society, nightclub, immigrants ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%