Movies and TV shows like The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
 8.4
 216K
The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.
Style: melancholic, psychological, rough, bleak, captivating, psychological thriller, political drama
Plot: surrogate mother, slavery, sexism, rape, infertility, totalitarianism, tyranny, violence against women, violence, protest, kidnapping, alternate reality, belief, torture, society, women's rights, religion, distopia, coup d'etat, soldier, lesbian, courtesan, misogyny, friend, alternate world ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s

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Most similar movies to The Handmaid's Tale

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, captivating and bleak films and TV series with plots about society, murder, distopia, life is a bitch, danger, violence and future dystopia mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Handmaid's Tale: 3% (2016), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Black Mirror (2011), The Lottery (2014), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.
Style: thought provoking, serious, suspenseful, sexy, dark fantasy ...
Plot: political unrest, distopia, surrogate mother, rebellion, pregnancy, slavery, sexism, rape, escape, paranoia, impregnation, politics ...
Time: future
Place: canada, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 25K
3% (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: In a future where the elite inhabit an island paradise far from the crowded slums, you get one chance to join the 3% saved from squalor.
Style: suspense, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, tense
Plot: society, life is a bitch, rivalry, murder, vengeance, culture clash, crimes, violence, death, dishonesty, redemption, brutality ...
Time: future
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, brutal, suspense, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, human spirit, mistreatment, violence against women, sexual abuse, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.8
 513K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: twists and turns, thought provoking, philosophical, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, society, distopia, social decay, human nature, dark humor, satire, technology, media satire, gadget, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 5.9
 2K
The Lottery (2014)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, "The Lottery" reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction. Remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized and a national lottery is held to decide ...
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, serious, bleak, futuristic ...
Plot: pandemic, lottery, infertility, conspiracy, scientist, chaos, future dystopia, government agency, society, extinction, human nature, embryo ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: distopia, future dystopia, brainwashing, totalitarianism, fascism, society, against humanity, politics, surveillance, fall in love, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century, year 1984, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 26K
Counterpart (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Howard Silk is a lowly cog in a bureaucratic UN agency who is turning the last corner of a life filled with regret when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, melancholic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: parallel universe, espionage, husband wife relationship, parallel world, doppelganger, secret service, deception, betrayal, blackmail, murder, murderer, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Brave New World (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 415 min.
TV show
Story: In a utopia whose perfection hinges upon control of monogamy and privacy, members of the collective begin to question the rules, putting their regimented society on a collision course with forbidden love and revolution.
Style: surprise ending, futuristic, thought provoking, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: future dystopia, life is a bitch, distopia, utopia, dystopic future, genetic engineering, society, politics, social differences, satire, totalitarianism, rescue ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Human Trafficking (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 176 min.
TV show
Story: When a sixteen-year-old girl from the Ukraine, a single mother from Russia, an orphaned seventeen-year-old girl from Romania, and a twelve-year-old American tourist become the victims of international sex slave traffickers, a specialized team of ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human trafficking, kidnapping, forced prostitution, sex trafficking, violence against women, slavery, child abduction, prostitute, captivity, conspiracy, child prostitution, pedophilia ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines, eastern europe, asia, ukraine, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Man in the High Castle (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: alternate reality, espionage, fascism, betrayal, resistance, rivalry, dishonesty, intrigue, working undercover, political intrigue, disorder, secret agents ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1962
Place: usa, japan, san francisco, new york, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 492K
Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, bleak, captivating, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, apocalypse, chaos, distopia, heroic mission, pandemic, survival, redemption, childlessness, on the run, birth, mission ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, seattle, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 9.5
 1.7M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, psychological, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, life is a bitch, crimes, drug lord, master criminal, family problems, double life, drug dealer, drug cartel, life turned upside down, ambition, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 6K
Real Humans (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a parallel universe, Real Humans imagines a world where robots have become so human that they're barely distinguishable from real humans and follows the resulting emotional effects on two families as well as the trials of a group of ...
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, family relations, freedom, civil rights, conflict, human nature, society, power relations, black market, lawyer, reluctant ...
Time: 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Years and Years (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: As Britain is rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances, members of the Lyons family converge on one crucial night in 2019. Over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of their everyday lives are explored as we find out if ...
Style: captivating, political, light, feel good, entertaining
Plot: family relations, political activism, political satire, society, politics, rebel, female politician, lgbt, lifestyle, politician, political intrigue, political candidate ...
Time: near future, 2020s, year 2019
Place: manchester, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 10K
Impulse (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Follow 16-year-old Henrietta, aka Henry, who discovers she has the ability to teleport. The first time she realizes this, she is in a truck with her high school’s Golden Boy, who tries to rape her.
Style: sexual, captivating, bleak, lyrical, sexy ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, supernatural, super strength, family relations, friendship, investigation, criminal, rage, violence, drugs, murderer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 16K
The Purge (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. Tying them all together is a mysterious savior who’s impeccably equipped for everything the night ...
Style: brutal, tense, suspense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: distopia, survival horror, psycho killer, murder, mass murder, social injustice, brutality, masked killer, serial killer, threat, terrorism, serial murder ...
Time: near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 12K
To the Lake (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: Mini-series in which an unknown virus turns Moscow into a city of the dead. There is no electricity, money has lost all value and those who are still not infected, are desperately fighting for food and fuel. The main character, Sergei, lives outside ...
Style: suspenseful, serious
Plot: virus, apocalypse, epidemic, post apocalypse, panic, survival, disease, terminal illness, extinction, family in danger, fear, society ...
Place: moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 51K
Snowpiercer (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting ...
Style: apocalyptic, unusual plot structure, captivating, depressing, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: post apocalypse, struggle for survival, rebellion, train, winter, apocalypse, humanity, inequality, class system, caste system, distopia, humanity in peril ...
Time: 2020s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.1
 27K
The Society (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: When everyone else mysteriously vanishes from their wealthy town, the teen residents of West Ham must forge their own society to survive.
Style: suspense, ambiguous ending, captivating, emotional, mysterious ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: teenager, society, small town, murder, survival, trapped, death, separation, fantasy world, friendship, relationships, grudge ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 6.5
 2K
Omniscient (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Brazil
TV show
Story: In a city where citizens are monitored 24/7, a tech employee must outsmart her surveillance drone in order to investigate a murder.
Style: philosophical, futuristic, psychological, bleak, contemplative
Plot: security system, murder, lone hero, distopia, resistance, criminal, death of father, betrayal, violence, fighting the system, conspiracy theory, murder investigation ...
Time: near future
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 2K
Wild Palms (1993)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: A multi-national corporation attempts to take over America while small pockets of resistance hold out against rampant technology.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, futuristic, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: future dystopia, mind control, cyberspace, conspiracy, fictional reality, mystery, uncover truth, manipulation, society, crimes, intrigue, virtual reality ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2008
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.4
 325K
Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, psychological, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, dystopic future, rebellion, lone hero, fighting the system, resistance, society, utopia, totalitarianism, gunfight, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: beijing china, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Land of the Blind (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A soldier recounts his relationship with a famous political prisoner attempting to overthrow their country's authoritarian government.
Style: serious, bleak, psychological, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, revolution, rebelliousness, against the odds, prisoner, state affairs, haunted by the past, crimes, fighting the system, injustice, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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1990 (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The series is set in a dystopian future in which Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Department of Public Control (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties. Edward ...
Style: futuristic
Plot: oppression, distopia, tyranny, rebel, journalist
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, tense, captivating ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, mental institution, death, ghost, witch, insanity, nightmare, evil, evil force, nun, coven ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 2013 ...
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, massachusetts, north carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.9
 79
Container (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: Sasha makes her living as a professional surrogate mother. Contrary to the usual practice, she moves in with her new customers until the baby is born. She finds herself in a different world - in the house of rich government official Vadim and his ...
Style: captivating, cynical, ambiguous ending, suspense, twist ending
Plot: surrogate mother, family relations, family secret, society, mother daughter relationship, kidnapping, jealousy, murder, pregnancy, women's rights, husband wife relationship, sisters
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 118K
The Giver (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, futuristic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: distopia, future dystopia, society, utopia, youth, destiny, life is a bitch, human nature, teaching the ways of the world, rebelliousness, fighting the system, humanity ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 911
The Last Train (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 54 min.
TV show
Story: The Last Train is a British six-part post-apocalyptic television drama serial first broadcast on the ITV network in 1999. It has since been repeated on ITV2 in 1999/2001 and on numerous occasions on the UK Sci-Fi Channel. The serial was written by ...
Style: gloomy, serious, captivating, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: post apocalypse, top secret, tribe, vestiges of humanity, survival, society, life is a bitch, escapades, confined, group of strangers, passenger, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 4.0
 647
Deadland (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the radiation-infected aftermath of World War III, one man's desperate attempt to find his wife in the wastelands that were once the United States inspires his fellow survivors to fight for humanity. The bomb has dropped, and in the blink of ...
Style: captivating, suspense, psychological, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, missing person, apocalypse, chaos, life is a bitch, escapades, society, journey, plague, violence, murder, heroes ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.8
 21K
Mr. Mercedes (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A demented serial killer taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Based on ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, mother son incest, psychopath, violence, murderer, killer, cruelty, sociopath, murder, killings, psycho killer ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%