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.
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, couple relations, post war, starting over, couples, culture clash, misfit, self discovery, hopes, bittersweet, world war two, husband wife relationship, racial violence, love, racial slur, bigotry, biracial, interracial relations, newlyweds, social differences, society, immigrants, acceptance, fight, pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, jamaica, london, europe

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Most similar movies to Small Island

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, couples, family relations, couple relations, power relations, social differences and love and romance mostly in Drama, Comedy and War genres. Some movies like Small Island: A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), 30 Degrees in February (2012), White Teeth (2002), Land Girls (2009), Flambards (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Dance to the Music of Time (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 416 min.
Story: Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, realistic
Plot: social differences, couples, dishonesty, society, lifestyle, couple relations, power relations, rich and poor, social relations, british tv, fortune telling, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, london, europe
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95%
30 Degrees in February (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, gloomy, touching, sincere, realistic
Plot: hopes, starting over, family life, midlife crisis, single parent, youth, culture clash, bittersweet, fish out of water, love and romance, immigrants, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia
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87%
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White Teeth (2002)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 240 min.
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: humorous, semi serious, touching, realistic, multicultural
Plot: arranged marriage, social decay, couples, buddies, social differences, generation gap, family life, family relations, interracial relations, blacks and whites, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: england, europe, london, bangladesh
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Land Girls (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 225 min.
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, serious, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: wartime life, soldier, friendship, military, family relations, friends, siblings relations, couple relations, farm, strong female presence, life is a bitch, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Flambards (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 780 min.
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: captivating, emotional, realistic, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: fall in love, uneducated, love and romance, society, couple relations, siblings relations, parents and children, family relations, countryside, estate, social differences, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Breathless (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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, treatment, society, patient, workplace, workplace romance, workplace situations, gynecologist, nurse, surgery, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Behaving Badly (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: date night, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, unlikely couple, suburban life, couple relations, family relations, suburbs, love and romance, family problems, hopes, infidelity, siblings relations, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Indian Doctor (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic
Plot: society, misfit, immigrants, couples, small town life, culture clash, mine, doctors and patients, social relations, small town, couple relations, power relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Upstairs, Downstairs (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, serious, stylized
Plot: maid, butler, wealth, master and servant, couples, rich and poor, high society, lifestyle, love and romance, society, power relations, couple relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Prisoners' Wives (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, touching, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, couples, coping, family relations, parents and children, housewife, crimes, female protagonist, strong female presence, social relations, couple relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Home Fires (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
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: serious, captivating, realistic, psychological, touching
Plot: village, wartime life, social relations, society, life is a bitch, strong female presence, friends, world war two, female protagonist, village life, woman, british ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1940s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: captivating, sincere, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, culture clash, discrimination, society, fish out of water, starting over, misfit, optimism, hopes, immigrants, racial discrimination, interracial friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain, barcelona, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 222 min.
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: realistic, sincere, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: infidelity, satire, hippie, arranged marriage, actor, racism, couples, strong sexual content, social differences, dishonesty, society, guru ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Holby City (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Drama series about life on the wards of Holby City Hospital, following the highs and lows of the staff and patients.
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: hospital, doctor, doctors and patients, intern, cure, workplace intrigue, workplace situations, workplace romance, rivalry, surgery, nurse, chief of staff ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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South Riding (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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: realistic, captivating, emotional, stylized, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love affair, love and romance, human spirit, small town life, strong female presence, small town, hopes, power relations, social relations, society, high school life, high school ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: europe, england, northern england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Life in Squares (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 171 min.
Story: A story of the close and often fraught relationship between sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, emotional, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: artist, gays and lesbians, love triangle, strong female presence, sexual content, friendship, artists and showbiz, love and romance, siblings relations, writer's life, friends, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Wingless Bird (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
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: realistic, touching, serious, sentimental
Plot: rich and poor, society, love triangle, master and servant, love affair, love and romance, romance, family relations, power relations, working class, betrayal, social differences ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era
Place: england, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Call the Midwife (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: touching, sincere, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, midwife, child birth, nurse, family life, family relations, friends, nursing, pregnancy, home birth, doctor ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 1960s, year 1961, 60s ...
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Upstairs Downstairs (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, serious, touching, stylized
Plot: master and servant, high society, millionaire, butler, rich and poor, family values, couples, housewife, class differences, lifestyle, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
From There to Here (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: captivating, sincere, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: siblings relations, family relations, bittersweet, streetwise, urban, parents and children, city life, soccer, ira, society, bet, bombing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Mama Flora's Family (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, epic, uplifting, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: racism, false accusation, suburban life, religions or cults, working class, state affairs, suburbs, hopes, life is a bitch, family business, discrimination, society ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Politician's Husband (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
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, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: politics, betrayal, political intrigue, relationship vs career, ambition, family, blind ambition, couples, state affairs, husband wife relationship, career woman, politician ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Love in a Cold Climate (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Adaptation of Nancy Mitford's novel.
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, witty
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, looking for love, social differences, fall in love, eccentric family, unlikely couple, infidelity, society, master and servant, romance, unfulfilled love, wooing ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Doctors (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Set in the fictional Midlands town of Letherbridge, defined as being close to the city of Birmingham, this soap opera follows the staff and families of a doctor's surgery.
Style: captivating, touching, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: doctor, workplace, clinic, doctors and patients, workplace situations, supportive coworker, couple relations, couples, love affair, terminal illness, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
To Serve Them All My Days (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 673 min.
Story: David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school in S.W. England. He is not at all sure he can do the job, but ...
Style: realistic, talky, clever, touching, serious
Plot: boarding school, social relations, power relations, society, idealism, ambition, politics, fish out of water, wartime life, rise to the top, battles, rich and poor ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Life Goes On (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Life Goes On is a television series that aired on ABC from September 12, 1989, to May 23, 1993. The show centers on the Thatcher family living in suburban Chicago: Drew, his wife Elizabeth, and their children Paige, Rebecca, and Charles, who is ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, contemplative
Audience: family outing
Plot: protective parent, parents and children, family life, teenage life, americana, misfit, dream come true, couple relations, living with parents, youth, young lovers, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.0
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Lilies (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, touching, sexual, realistic
Plot: post war, sister sister relationship, life is a bitch, youth, family relations, siblings relations, parents and children, family problems, bittersweet, coming of age, society, working class ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: liverpool, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 540 min.
Story: Young Nicholas Nickleby sets out to make his fortune in order to prevent his mother and sister from depending upon his uncle, Ralph Nicklby. But he finds his first job as master at a Yorkshire school to be cruel, and runs away with one of the ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, boarding school, rich and poor, siblings relations, friendship, dysfunctional family, orphan, social differences, family in danger, down on your luck, boarding school life, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Crash (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Crash is an American television drama series that tells the story of how the lives of how several very diverse Southern Californians intersect.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, gloomy
Plot: racism, social decay, police detective, life is a bitch, family problems, society, injustice, partners, law enforcement, human nature, immigrants, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Vanity Fair (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel. The first colour production from the BBC.
Style: captivating, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: satire, manipulation, power relations, blind ambition, rise to the top, couple relations, rich and poor, life turned upside down, manipulations, love and romance, romance, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%