Movies and TV shows like The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
 8.4
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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, bleak, rough, captivating
Plot: rape, slavery, surrogate mother, violence against women, sexism, protest, infertility, totalitarianism, kidnapping, torture, violence, tyranny, society, belief, soldier, coup d'etat, alternate reality, religion, women's rights, misogyny, friend, lesbian, alternate world, distopia, feminism ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future

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Most similar movies to The Handmaid's Tale

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, serious, suspenseful and bleak films and TV series with plots about society, danger, distopia, life is a bitch, murder, future dystopia and violence mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Handmaid's Tale: Black Mirror (2011), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), 3% (2016), Counterpart (2017), The Lottery (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 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: contemplative, thought provoking, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: political unrest, impregnation, distopia, rebellion, pregnancy, slavery, escape, rape, sexism, paranoia, surrogate mother, politics ...
Time: future
Place: canada, iran
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100%
 8.8
 446K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
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: thought provoking, twists and turns, philosophical, dark humor, serious ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, social decay, distopia, society, human nature, satire, media satire, technology, chaos, gadget, life ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, life is a bitch, society, violence against women, sexual abuse, human spirit, corporal punishment, mercilessness ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 22K
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, tense, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: rivalry, life is a bitch, society, danger, murder, culture clash, vengeance, crimes, violence, death, dishonesty, redemption ...
Time: future
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.1
 22K
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, serious, melancholic, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: parallel universe, espionage, parallel world, doppelganger, deception, husband wife relationship, blackmail, murder, betrayal, secret service, murderer, twists & turns ...
Time: 21st century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 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, futuristic, bleak, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: pandemic, lottery, infertility, conspiracy, scientist, future dystopia, society, government agency, chaos, extinction, human nature, embryo ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.9
 466K
Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Adventure, 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, bleak, futuristic, captivating, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, apocalypse, chaos, heroic mission, neo noir, pandemic, distopia, survival, redemption, birth, mission, protest ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, seattle, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 20K
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: captivating, emotional, suspense, mysterious, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: society, small town, teenager, teenagers, murder, death, survival, separation, friendship, relationships, fantasy world, trapped ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 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, captivating, serious, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, family relations, freedom, human nature, conflict, reluctant, civil rights, lawyer, society, black market, power relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, forced prostitution, slavery, human trafficking, violence against women, prostitute, child abduction, captivity, sex trade, sex trafficking, rape of a minor, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines, eastern europe, europe, asia, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
 9K
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, suspense, lyrical ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: super strength, teenage life, youth, supernatural, danger, family relations, friendship, investigation, criminal, murderer, anger, drugs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 23K
Extant (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: An astronaut returns home from a year long solo mission in space. She tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, stylized, tense, serious ...
Plot: astronaut, androids and robots, mystery, scientist, fear, family relations, fate of humanity, alien, a.i., parents and children, haunted by the past, artificial insemination ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 2K
Vanished (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Vanished is an American serial drama television series produced by 20th Century Fox. The series premiered on August 21, 2006 on Fox and its last episode aired on November 10, 2006. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the series begins with the sudden ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Plot: missing person, investigation, mission, search, disappearance, mystery, haunted by the past, conspiracy, law enforcement, mysterious character, couple relations, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 28K
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, disaster movie, captivating, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: post apocalypse, struggle for survival, class distinction, rebellion, train, apocalypse, humanity, class system, inequality, distopia, salvation, ecological disaster ...
Time: 2020s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, captivating, tense, thought provoking
Plot: alternate reality, espionage, fascism, betrayal, resistance, disorder, dishonesty, rivalry, intrigue, political intrigue, working undercover, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, 1960s
Place: usa, japan, san francisco, cuba, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
 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: bleak, philosophical, psychological, contemplative, futuristic
Plot: security system, lone hero, distopia, murder, resistance, dictatorship, betrayal, loss of family member, human nature, murder investigation, violence, criminal ...
Time: near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Brave New World (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
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: futuristic, surprise ending, thought provoking, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: future dystopia, life is a bitch, utopia, distopia, dystopic future, genetic engineering, society, politics, satire, technology, social differences, totalitarianism ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 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, society, crimes, manipulations, intrigue, uncover truth, manipulation ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2008
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 31K
The Rain (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Denmark, USA
Duration: 321 min.
TV show
Story: After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety. A Scandinavian thriller series.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, exciting, scary, bleak ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: post apocalypse, virus, survival, danger, illness, vestiges of humanity, pandemic, search, walking dead, brother sister relationship, death, group of strangers ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, prisoner, against the odds, rebelliousness, danger, state affairs, haunted by the past, injustice, crimes, fighting the system, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Don't Look Deeper (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 8 min.
TV show
Story: In near-future California, high school senior Aisha learns a dark secret about herself. She goes from dreams of graduation and college...to suddenly running for her life.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, twists and turns, psychological, exciting
Plot: artificial intelligence, teenage girl, father daughter relationship, teenager, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, school, secret, bad dream, cyborgs
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 2K
Clique (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: In the first year of uni, childhood best friends Holly and Georgia find themselves drawn to an elite clique. When Holly begins to suspect darkness lurks beneath the glamour, she will do anything to save her soulmate.
Style: psychological, suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: university, feminism, student, female friendship, ambition, mysterious character, pressure, brother sister relationship, women, society, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 848
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: futuristic, gloomy, stylized, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: top secret, tribe, post apocalypse, survivor, escapades, life is a bitch, group of strangers, passenger, chaos, danger, confined, society ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, feel good, entertaining, dark humor
Plot: political activism, family relations, political satire, society, rebel, female politician, lgbt, politics, lifestyle, family drama, distopia, gay couple ...
Time: near future, year 2019, 2020s
Place: london, manchester, manchester england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 6K
Outcasts (2010)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Outcasts is a 2011 British television science-fiction drama serial, starring Liam Cunningham, Hermione Norris, Amy Manson, Daniel Mays, Jamie Bamber, Eric Mabius and Ashley Walters. It originally aired on BBC One, and BBC HD. It was broadcast in the ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, contemplative, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: mysterious planet, space colony, survival, distant planet, human nature, society, expedition, isolation, danger, hopes, chaos, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Motherland: Fort Salem (2020)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
TV show
Story: Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the government to fight for their country, the series follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment.
Style: captivating, suspense, whimsical, entertaining, ironic
Audience: family outing
Plot: witch, supernatural, magic, lesbian, sorceress, lgbt, public service, supernatural being, fight, military service, protection, investigation ...
Time: 2020s, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 105
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: distopia, oppression, rebel, journalist, tyranny
Time: 1990s, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 312K
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, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, rebellion, society, fighting the system, lone hero, utopia, resistance, gunfight, dystopic future, totalitarianism, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 80s, 2000s
Place: beijing china, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
This Is Not My Life (2010)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: This Is Not My Life is a 2010 New Zealand television mystery thriller which originally aired on Television New Zealand's TV ONE channel on Thursday nights. Set in the 2020s, the show centres on Alec Ross who awakes one morning to find that he ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: memory loss, uncover truth, mystery, identity crisis, small town, danger, society, chance, suburban life, family relations, conspiracy, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 9K
To the Lake (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Russia
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, epidemic, survival, post apocalypse, apocalypse, disease, family in danger, fear, society, panic, catastrophe, distopia ...
Place: moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%