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Roots (2016)
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Roots (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.
Style: captivating, sincere, rough, suspense
Plot: plantation, slavery, struggle for survival, parent child relationship, mentor protege relationship, american history, life is a bitch, humiliation, beating, escape, slave, ancestor, biracial, biracial child
Time: 18th century

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and thought provoking films and TV series with plots about society, slavery, life is a bitch, civil war, racism, state affairs and american civil war mostly in Drama, History and War genres. Some movies like Roots: Beulah Land (1980), Catherine the Great (2019), Amistad (1997), Queen (1993), Peter the Great (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
TV show
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, thought provoking, touching, emotional ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, interracial relations, family history, escape attempt, freedom, discrimination, injustice, social problems ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s, 70s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
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Beulah Land (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 281 min.
TV show
Story: This sweeping epic dramatized the lives of two Georgia families during the early-to-mid 1800s: the Kendricks, who resided on the Beulah Land plantation, and the Davises, who owned the Oaks plantation. Both families loved, prospered and lost during ...
Plot: plantation, american civil war, civil war, family disapproval, slavery, southern belle, dysfunctional family, brother
Time: 19th century, 1870s
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Catherine the Great (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: This four-part historical drama follows the end of Catherine the Great's reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.
Style: based on true events, realistic, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: russian history, palace intrigue, empress, historical character, queen, russian empire, power struggle, ambitious woman, court intrigue, state affairs, imperial russia, lovers ...
Time: 18th century
Place: ottoman empire, russia
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 7.3
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Amistad (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed ...
Style: touching, emotional, political, serious, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, victorian era, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, boston, spain ...
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Queen (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 282 min.
TV show
Story: A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen. As Queen grows up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into the troubled world around her. She tries passing for ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: slavery, white male black female relationship, civil war, family relations, interracial relations, plantation, social injustice, slave, discrimination, americana, american civil war, social differences ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1800s
Place: southern usa
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Peter the Great (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 371 min.
TV show
Story: This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the efforts of Peter in transforming Russia in an "all ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric
Plot: ruler, fight for supremacy, leadership, ego clash, rise to the top, heroes, war, state affairs, ambition, family feud, royal court, royal family ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: russia
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, heartbreaking, bleak, factual, atmospheric ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, civil rights, master and servant, human trafficking, blacks and whites, african american, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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A Woman Called Moses (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: A film about the life and career of the African American abolitionist and slave escape leader, Harriet Tubman.
Style: suspense
Plot: slavery, civil war, strong female lead, women's issues, equality, abolitionist, escape, attempted rape, prejudice, african american, social injustice, slave ...
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John Adams (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
TV show
Story: The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: american history, historical character, leadership, politics, lawyer, president, colonial america, head of state, human spirit, freedom, state affairs, supportive spouse ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1790s, 19th century
Place: usa, england, massachusetts, philadelphia, boston ...
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Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 840 min.
TV show
Story: The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, uplifting, epic, emotional ...
Plot: racism, american civil war, political unrest, culture clash, interracial relations, world war one, family relations, world war two, hopes, state affairs, innocence lost, idealism ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1880s ...
Place: africa, usa, alabama, tennessee
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100%
The Blue and the Gray (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 381 min.
TV show
Story: This movie is also in existance as a 3 part miniseries. America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent. The plot revolves around the families of two sisters; Maggie Geyser and Evelyn Hale. The ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, family life, working class, military, society, rebellion, brother brother relationship, standoff, showdown, slavery, war ...
Time: 19th century
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The Underground Railroad (2021)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 593 min.
TV show
Story: Follow young Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and ...
Style: suspense, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: slavery, black american, black woman, social misfits, white trash, slave labor, black hero, social relations, black people, society, life is a bitch
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North and South, Book II (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 570 min.
TV show
Story: The continuing saga of the Hazards and the Mains. The Hazards are from the North and the Mains from the South. George Hazard and Orry Main met at West Point and fought in the Mexican American war together becoming fast friends. Now they find ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, family saga
Plot: american civil war, slavery, civil war, friendship, military life, wartime life, friends, best friends, society, espionage, romance, war ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
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North and South (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 561 min.
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Story: Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.
Style: realistic, exciting, captivating, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: american civil war, foe turned friend, love and romance, friendship, espionage, slavery, family feud, military base, love triangle, best friends, military, battles ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s, 1850s, 1840s
Place: usa, new york
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Toussaint Louverture (2012)
Genre: History
Country: France
Duration: 180 min.
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Story: Toussaint opposes the Spanish army and joins the French troops. On Saint-Domingue he succeeds to push the English back. He proclames himself as the gouvernor of Saint-Domingue. To restore the economy he takes a bold descision. He calls for the ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, tense
Plot: french colonialism, slavery, slave, colonialism, slave trade, slave labor, fighting the system, french army, historical figure, righting the wronged, historical event, revolutionary ...
Time: 18th century
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Banished (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: At its heart, Banished is a story of survival. Though it is set in the stark historical reality of the founding of the penal colony in Australia in 1788 after the arrival of the First Fleet, it is not the story of Australia and how it came to be. ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, captivating, epic
Plot: colony, survival, confined, colonialism, life is a bitch, danger, community, prison, penal colony, moral dilemma, control, brutality ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1780s
Place: australia, england, new south wales
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A Respectable Trade (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 240 min.
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Story: Based on the novel by Philippa Gregory, the British miniseries A Respectable Trade was what is known in the business as a "bodice ripper." The story began in 1788, when well-bred governess Frances Scott married her rough-hewn employer ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, black man white woman relationship, starvation, marriage, rape, slave trader
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: england
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Blackbeard (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
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Story: In the Golden Age of Piracy, at the dawn of the 18th century, Blackbeard stood out among the lawless rogues as the most fearsome and notorious seafarer of them all. He killed for the reputation, and his reputation has become legend. Now, for the ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: pirate, treasure hunt, heroes, adventure, rescue, adventurer, daring rescue, rebelliousness, uninhibited rivalry, danger, good versus evil, escapades ...
Time: 18th century
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Underground (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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Story: A group of slaves plan a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation. Along the way, they are aided by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad as they attempt to evade the people charged with bringing them ...
Style: stylized, intense, disturbing, realistic, suspense
Plot: slavery, plantation, civil war, rescue, friendship, african american, courage, violent, society, one against many, ethnic slur, racism ...
Place: georgia
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Over Sarith En Caesar (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, Germany, South Africa
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A story about two half-sisters life in the eighteenth century Suriname. There is Lynda, a white colonial and slave owner, and her slave Mini-Mini's. While Lynda is slowly embittered by the hard life in the colony, Mini-Mini gets a chance at ...
Style: captivating, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: slavery, half sister, slave auction, plantation, imperialism, first love, marriage, rebelliousness, rebellion, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 18th century
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The Book of Negroes (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 265 min.
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Story: Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 19th century.
Style: emotional, disturbing, thought provoking, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, american revolution, racism, life is a bitch, slavery, injustice, hopes, confined, escapades, society, master and servant, black woman ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
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TURN: Washington's Spies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: The story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american revolution, spy, army, period piece, historical character, colonial america, political unrest, rebelliousness, rebellion, ambition, undercover, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new york, connecticut, new jersey
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Ike: The War Years (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 291 min.
TV show
Story: Ike is a 1979 television miniseries about the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The screenplay by Melville Shavelson was based on Kay Summersby's 1948 memoir Eisenhower Was My Boss and her 1975 autobiography, Past Forgetting: My Love Affair. ...
Style: saga, exciting, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: world war two, war, soldier, head of state, against humanity, heroes, battles, state affairs, military, life is a bitch, politics, military life ...
Place: europe, kansas, london, usa, england
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Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 130 min.
TV show
Story: A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: hitler, racism, nazism, fascism, against humanity, political unrest, world war two, dictatorship, historical character, german, leadership, society ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
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Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, freedom, slavery, racism, battle, war, prejudice, hopes, human spirit, glory, civil war ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, south carolina, new england
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King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
TV show
Story: A 1978 TV miniseries about the career of Martin Luther King Jr. from his days as a Baptist minister in Atlanta in the early '50s until his assassination in 1968.
Style: sincere, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, assassination, righting the wronged, religions or cults, injustice, life is a bitch, clergy, society, rebelliousness, political unrest, social differences ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s ...
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Frontier (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
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Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in late 18th century Canada. Told from multiple perspectives, Frontier takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, harsh, exciting, captivating
Plot: native american, rivalry, intrigue, trafficking, indigenous people, competitor, showdown, fight for supremacy, combat, rivals, battles, crimes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: canada
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George Washington (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 480 min.
TV show
Story: The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War.
Plot: american revolution, american civil war, usa president, sword, warrior, war violence, battlefield, flintlock rifle, siege, u.s. president, flintlock pistol, horse ...
Time: 18th century
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Nuremberg (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Justice Robert H. Jackson leads Allied prosecutors in trying 21 Germans for Nazi war crimes after World War II.
Style: captivating, disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom, holocaust, war crime, execution, psychologist, courtroom drama, legal, judge, fighting the system, uncover truth, leadership, rebellion ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, england, france, europe
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19%
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China Beach (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Dateline: November 1967. Within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen McMurphy. Many heroes, dead and alive, try to make ...
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, contemplative
Plot: vietnam war, military, military hospital, doctor, life is a bitch, power relations, superior officer, military life, wartime life, doctors and patients, military base, nurse ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia
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