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, misfit, couple relations, interracial relations, self discovery, post war, starting over, hopes, newlyweds, social differences, society, couples, immigrants, culture clash, acceptance, love, pregnancy, teacher, soldier, hurricane, racial slur, racist, bigotry, accidental killing, intolerance ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: jamaica, england, london, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and touching films and TV series with plots about society, couples, family relations, couple relations, love and romance, social differences and power relations mostly in Drama, Comedy and War genres. Some movies like Small Island: Land Girls (2009), A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), White Teeth (2002), The Indian Doctor (2010), 30 Degrees in February (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: captivating, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: wartime life, friendship, military, soldier, life is a bitch, siblings relations, couple relations, friends, family relations, social differences, couples, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: england, europe
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95%
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: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: society, social differences, lifestyle, dishonesty, couples, social relations, power relations, couple relations, rich and poor, dancing, female nudity, fortune telling ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
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95%
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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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching, multicultural
Plot: arranged marriage, buddies, friends, family relations, drugs/alcohol, remarry, blacks and whites, parents and children, interracial relations, unfulfillment, suburbs, immigrants ...
Time: 20s, 70s, 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: england, europe, london, bangladesh
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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, realistic, semi serious
Plot: couples, small town life, society, misfit, small town, culture clash, couple relations, immigrants, doctors and patients, social relations, communication problem, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, europe, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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, realistic, touching, gloomy, sincere
Plot: family life, starting over, hopes, fish out of water, self discovery, teenage love, midlife crisis, culture clash, youth, single parent, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia
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75%
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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: couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, uneducated, siblings relations, fall in love, social differences, society, estate, family relations, countryside, couples ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: realistic, semi serious
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, siblings relations, human nature, social differences, starting over, society, family problems, couples, wooing, infidelity, couple relations, unlikely couple ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: touching, realistic, serious, stylized
Plot: maid, wealth, butler, couples, master and servant, rich and poor, high society, lifestyle, family life, society, social differences, power relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 20s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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67%
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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: sincere, touching, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, midwife, child birth, nurse, family life, family relations, friends, nursing, pregnancy, childbirth, home birth ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, year 1961, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe, london
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100%
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: realistic, emotional, captivating, stylized, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: artist, gays and lesbians, artists and showbiz, writer's life, siblings relations, love and romance, couples, gender, rebelliousness, self discovery, friendship, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: culture clash, discrimination, racism, fish out of water, hopes, immigrants, optimism, misfit, starting over, society, cross cultural relations, racist ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: serious, stylized, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: parents and children, human spirit, love and romance, love affair, hopes, high school, small town life, small town, society, high school life, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: europe, england, northern england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: sentimental, witty, sincere, talky, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, arranged marriage, racism, actor, hippie, dishonesty, self fulfillment, strong sexual content, couples, coming of age, drugs/alcohol, guru ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: england, europe, london, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, sincere, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: hospital, doctor, doctors and patients, intern, cure, workplace situations, workplace intrigue, workplace romance, rivalry, surgery, nurse, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, stylized, realistic, touching
Plot: patient, workplace, hospital, society, treatment, surgery, workplace situations, doctors and patients, couple relations, power relations, couples, workplace romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: touching, realistic, serious, stylized
Plot: master and servant, high society, millionaire, butler, couples, family values, housewife, rich and poor, class differences, family relations, family life, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Love in a Cold Climate (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Adaptation of Nancy Mitford's novel.
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, witty
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fall in love, romance, love and romance, unfulfilled love, couple relations, rich and poor, eccentric family, couples, wooing, looking for love, master and servant, unlikely couple ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: captivating, sincere, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, false accusation, suburbs, interracial relations, hopes, couple relations, society, discrimination, family business, working class, family life, couples ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, serious, sentimental, touching
Plot: rich and poor, ambition, betrayal, society, social differences, love affair, romance, master and servant, love and romance, family relations, power relations, working class ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era
Place: england, northern england
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51%
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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, sincere, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: racism, police detective, social decay, injustice, human nature, society, partners, law enforcement, family problems, life is a bitch, immigrants, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: talky, touching, realistic, serious, clever
Plot: boarding school, social relations, battles, power relations, military, college, school, soldier, ambition, politics, youth, buddies ...
Time: 30s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s ...
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Any Day Now (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Any Day Now is an American drama series that aired on the Lifetime network from 1998 to 2002. The show stars Annie Potts and Lorraine Toussaint, who are best friends despite the difference in their races. The show's title is taken from the ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: civil rights, female friendship, couples, family relations, blacks and whites, friends, parents and children, couple relations, interracial relations, society, friendship, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s ...
Place: alabama, usa
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49%
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: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, touching
Plot: society, urban, ira, bet, soccer, family relations, siblings relations, parents and children, city life, bombing, maid
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Our Mutual Friend (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 350 min.
Story: Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: betrayal, inheritance, power relations, dishonesty, society, social differences, lifestyle, life is a bitch, love and romance, love affair, love, police ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, realistic, captivating
Plot: village, society, wartime life, life is a bitch, social relations, friends, village life, female protagonist, british, woman, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe
⇓ 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: serious, captivating, stylized, realistic
Plot: manipulation, love and romance, romance, social differences, society, dishonesty, couples, wooing, power relations, life turned upside down, rich and poor, blind ambition ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: prison, couples, housewife, family relations, social relations, crimes, parents and children, couple relations, coping
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: sincere, emotional, captivating, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: boarding school, single parent, injustice, social differences, family in danger, friendship, dysfunctional family, orphan, society, siblings relations, rich and poor, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Home Again (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Returning to a "home" they hardly know after being deported from their adopted countries for minor criminal offenses, three people from very different backgrounds try to make a new life for themselves, in Jamaica in this gutsy drama from ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, gloomy
Plot: deportation, homecoming, down on your luck, hopes, life is a bitch, social misfits, immigrants, society, culture clash, misfit, injustice, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: jamaica, canada, united states, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
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White Heat (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A story about a group of seven London-based students from 1965 to the present day.
Style: realistic, stylized, captivating, serious
Plot: society, lifestyle, friends, social relations, artist, love and romance, love affair, destiny, friendship, roommate, group of friends, reunion ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 60s, 90s ...
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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