Movies and TV shows like Small Island

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Small Island (2009)
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Small Island (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: In 1939 Hortense, illegitimate but intelligent and ambitious, is brought up on Jamaica with the family of charismatic, free-thinking Michael, who joins the Air Force when war breaks out and goes to England. After the war, Hortense, now a qualified teacher, makes a marriage of convenience to Gilbert Joseph, paying for his passage to England on condition he sends for her.
Style: touching, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: racism, world war two, couple relations, post war, starting over, couples, culture clash, misfit, self discovery, hopes, bittersweet, husband wife relationship, racial violence, interracial relations, love, racial slur, bigotry, biracial, newlyweds, social differences, society, immigrants, acceptance, interracial sex, fight ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: england, london, jamaica, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and captivating films and TV series with plots about society, family relations, couples, couple relations, love and romance, social differences and power relations mostly in Drama, Comedy and War genres. Some movies like Small Island: White Teeth (2002), Land Girls (2009), The Indian Doctor (2010), A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), Banana (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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White Teeth (2002)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: An adaptation of Zadie Smith's bestseller concerning the lives of two families from as far back as the 1800s and India to late 1990s Willesden.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, multicultural
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, opposites attract, couple relations, social decay, society, immigrants, youth, family problems, generation gap, couples, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 90s, 20s ...
Place: london, europe, england, bangladesh
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Land Girls (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 225 min.
TV show
Story: The lives, loves and highs and lows of four members of the Women's Land Army working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: wartime life, world war two, life is a bitch, military, family relations, strong female presence, friendship, soldier, rise and fall, love, siblings relations, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe
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The Indian Doctor (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
TV show
Story: The Indian Doctor is a British television drama set in the summer of 1963. Produced by Rondo Media and Avatar Productions, it was first broadcast on BBC One in 2010. The most recent series began on 27 February 2012 and concluded on 2 March. It is a ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, captivating, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, doctors and patients, society, social relations, power relations, mine, couples, small town, couple relations, misfit, communication problem ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, europe
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49%
A Dance to the Music of Time (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 416 min.
TV show
Story: Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized
Plot: high society, couple relations, lifestyle, dishonesty, society, couples, social relations, power relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), rich and poor, social differences, world war two ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Banana (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Witty, heartfelt and unique interlinked stories covering different aspects of LGBT life, featuring the most exciting emerging talent.
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, couple relations, gender, self discovery, haunted by the past, love, lgbt, multiple storylines, society, love and romance, young adult, male objectification ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, manchester
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From There to Here (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Created by Peter Bowker, From There To Here is set in the aftermath of the 1996 Arndale bombing and follows Daniel Cotton, a Manchester family man who is torn between the life he wants and the life he could have. The story spans the four years that ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, captivating
Plot: streetwise, parents and children, family relations, siblings relations, bittersweet, society, soccer, city life, bombing, urban, bet, ira ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, manchester
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Home Fires (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud over their lives. As the conflict takes hold and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, psychological, touching
Plot: village, strong female presence, world war two, wartime life, society, life is a bitch, social relations, friends, female protagonist, village life, british, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: england, europe
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37%
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Breathless (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Hospital drama set in London during the early 1960s, following the staff of a busy gynecology ward at a time when abortion is illegal and the contraceptive pill is only just becoming available to married women.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, captivating, touching ...
Plot: doctors and patients, hospital, workplace, patient, treatment, workplace situations, workplace romance, society, nurse, gynecologist, strong female presence, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england
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36%
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Upstairs, Downstairs (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London Weekend Television and revived by the BBC. It ran on ITV in 68 episodes divided into five series from 1971 to 1975. Set in a large townhouse in Edwardian, First ...
Style: realistic, touching, stylized, serious
Plot: maid, butler, wealth, high society, master and servant, lifestyle, rich and poor, couples, love and romance, society, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1930s, 1920s, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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Flambards (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 780 min.
TV show
Story: In the early 1900s in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a wastrel, a roue and, like his father, loves to hunt. The younger ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war one, love and romance, society, estate, uneducated, couples, manners, family relations, social differences, family life, fall in love, couple relations ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1900s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Life in Squares (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 171 min.
TV show
Story: A story of the close and often fraught relationship between sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, serious, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: artist, love triangle, rebelliousness, love and romance, couples, family relations, friendship, self discovery, bohemian, poet, gays and lesbians, gender ...
Time: 20th century
Place: london, england, europe
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34%
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Behaving Badly (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Behaving Badly is a 1989 British television serial directed by David Tucker. The teleplay by Catherine Heath and Moira Williams is based on Heath's novel of the same name. It was initially broadcast by Channel 4. The series was released on DVD ...
Style: semi serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, starting over, infidelity, parents and children, rich and poor, social differences, suburban life, couple relations, human nature, siblings relations, wooing, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
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33%
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Anna Karenina (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
Story: To help her brother mend his failing marriage, young Russian beauty Anna Karenina - who's married to eminent nobleman Alexei Karenin - leaves St. Petersburg for Moscow, where she meets the dashing Count Vronsky. They soon fall madly in love, ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: tragic love, infidelity, tragic hero, betrayal, dishonesty, breakup, dysfunctional family, love triangle, social differences, family problems, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia, moscow russia
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32%
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South Riding (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Andrew Davies sparkling adaption of Winifred Holtby's acclaimed novel. Insightful, warm and full of memorable characters, South Riding tells a fraught love story and paints a panaromic portrait of a Yorkshire community in the long aftermath of ...
Style: captivating, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love affair, family relations, hopes, parents and children, society, love and romance, human spirit, social relations, small town, strong female presence, power relations, high school ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, northern england
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32%
Prisoners' Wives (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Behind every prisoner, there's a wife, girlfriend or mother doing time on the outside. For some it's a nightmare, for others a liberation. Prisoners' Wives - it's time to tell their stories.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, captivating ...
Plot: prison, couples, family relations, coping, social relations, housewife, parents and children, crimes, female protagonist, strong female presence, couple relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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31%
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Everyday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, confined, life is a bitch, couples, hopes, family relations, prison, husband wife relationship, drug smuggling, society, prison life, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Letters from Alou (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of Africans clandestinely reaches the coast of southern Spain. Among them is Alou, a 28 years old Senegalese. As all his belongings are stolen while in Almería, he has no choice but to engage in street vending. His only pleasure are the ...
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, racism, discrimination, culture clash, starting over, fish out of water, optimism, society, hopes, misfit, interracial marriage, interracial relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain, catalonia
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30%
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Holby City (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Drama series about life on the wards of Holby City Hospital, following the highs and lows of the staff and patients.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: hospital, doctor, doctors and patients, cure, intern, workplace intrigue, workplace situations, rivalry, workplace romance, surgery, nurse, chief of staff ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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30%
Call the Midwife (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama following the lives of a group of midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950s, based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.
Style: stylized, touching, sincere, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: convent, midwife, nurse, nun, child birth, childbirth, doctor, family life, family relations, friends, nursing, pregnancy ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s, year 1961 ...
Place: england, london, europe
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Lilies (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lilies is a British period-drama television series, written by Heidi Thomas, which ran for one eight-episode series in early 2007 on BBC One. The show's tagline was "Liverpool, 1920. Three girls on the edge of womanhood, a world on the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, sexual ...
Plot: family relations, post war, family problems, parents and children, working class, life is a bitch, society, youth, sister sister relationship, bittersweet, poverty, slum ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: liverpool, england
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Yanks (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the ...
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: world war two, wartime life, soldier, racism, prejudice, couple relations, love affair, war, infidelity, forbidden love, opposites attract, romance ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
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29%
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 222 min.
TV show
Story: The Buddha of Suburbia is a 1993 British four-part television serial, directed by Roger Michell. Based on the novel of the same name by Hanif Kureishi, the programme starred Naveen Andrews as the main character, Karim Amir. The programme's ...
Style: sincere, witty, sentimental, talky, realistic ...
Plot: satire, infidelity, suburbs, nudity (full frontal - brief), immigrants, racism, actor, hippie, punk rock, arranged marriage, rock, love affair ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe, new york
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29%
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The Outcast (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
TV show
Story: Set in post-war Britain, ten year-old Lewis Aldridge is grief-stricken as he struggles to cope with the death of his beloved mother. Left under the care of his emotionally distant father Gilbert, whom he barely knows and who quickly remarries, Lewis ...
Style: captivating, touching, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: friendship, teenage life, family problems, coming of age, life is a bitch, youth, estrangement, death of mother, death in the family, dysfunctional family, dealing with death, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Wingless Bird (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: On the eve of World War I, Agnes Conway manages both the business and the problems of her troubled family. She finds the strength to break class barriers and help her sister Jessie marry a good boy from a family of dockside toughs. Is she strong ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: rich and poor, world war one, society, ambition, betrayal, social differences, love triangle, love affair, working class, dishonesty, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era
Place: england, northern england
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29%
Upstairs Downstairs (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in 1936, the show takes viewers, old and new, back to the lavish world of Belgravia, London. A new set of occupants reside at 165 Eaton Place and viewers see how external and internal influences of the tumultuous pre-war period shape and mould ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, stylized
Plot: master and servant, high society, butler, millionaire, family values, marriage, family relations, lifestyle, racial issues, housewife, rich and poor, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, london
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The Politician's Husband (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Aiden Hoynes is a senior cabinet minister who has always put his career before family, with the support of Freya, his devoted wife and mother to their two young children. But when Freya's own political career takes off and threatens to ...
Style: captivating, realistic, tense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: politics, betrayal, relationship vs career, political intrigue, ambition, family, couples, blind ambition, state affairs, husband wife relationship, career woman, politician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
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28%
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My Australia (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Poland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: City of Lodz in Poland, after the Second World War. Two brothers, Tadek and Andrzej, grow up without a father, and their mother, so busy at work, does not notice when the boys join a rowdy and anti-Semitic organization.Only when during a fight one ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, self discovery, family relations, society, single parent, neo nazism, holocaust survivor, immigration, misfit, siblings relations, uncircumcised penis
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel, middle east, australia
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27%
Love in a Cold Climate (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
Story: Adaptation of Nancy Mitford's novel.
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, witty
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: social differences, looking for love, love triangle, fall in love, eccentric family, society, master and servant, unlikely couple, wooing, unfulfilled love, infidelity, romance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe
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30 Degrees in February (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: ​From International Emmy Award-winning writer Anders Weidemann, compelling ten-part drama 30 Degrees in February follows a group of Swedes who've left the snow and cold of Scandinavia for the warm, sandy beaches of Thailand in the dead of ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: starting over, family life, hopes, immigrants, society, self discovery, family relations, culture clash, unfulfillment, parents and children, human nature, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
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Mama Flora's Family (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Alex Haley's novel about a black matriarch in the early 20th century, this dramatic miniseries spotlights the struggle for social change. Cicely Tyson stars as Mama Flora, a woman determined to free her children from the bonds of ...
Style: sincere, epic, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, racism, false accusation, interracial relations, religions or cults, graphic violence, couple relations, suburban life, discrimination, family business, working class, suburbs ...
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