Movies like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting, captivating, based on true events, factual, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, prison life, historical figure, social problems, marital problem, civil rights, graphic violence, racism, courage, politics, apartheid, family, brutality, discrimination, survival, idealism, confined, life is a bitch, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 80s, 70s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: south africa, africa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and emotional films with plots about society, hopes, state affairs, life is a bitch, injustice, politics and rebellion mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: Invictus (2009), Malcolm X (1992), Selma (2014), The Color of Freedom (2007), Catch a Fire (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, rugby, historical character, president, leadership, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, sport, idealism, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, fighting the system, african american, racial slur, tragic event, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, harlem, new york, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, justice, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, african american, discrimination, americana, fighting the system, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1964 ...
Place: alabama, usa, birmingham alabama, boston
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100%
The Color of Freedom (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, France, Belgium, South Africa, Italy, UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: racism, prison life, interracial relations, apartheid, friendship, self discovery, leadership, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, rebelliousness, political unrest ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
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Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, danger, social problems, false accusation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
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Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: thought provoking, bleak, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: racism, friendship, civil rights, police brutality, newspaper editor, apartheid, journalist, interracial relations, politics, idealism, journalism, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1977
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, england
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Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, white house, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states, nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama ...
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100%
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Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: emotional, realistic, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, freedom, idealism, protest, muslim, religious intolerance, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, life philosophy ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, europe, asia ...
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Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine both received Emmy nominations for their performances in this made-for-TV movie. The plot follows Nelson Mandela's 27-year struggle to end apartheid.
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, racism, apartheid, discrimination, hopes, congress, injustice, righting the wronged, political unrest, false accusation, state affairs, society ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Bang Bang Club (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the early to mid '90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva - bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking, based on true events
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, media, newspaper, journalism, society, life risking, life is a bitch, danger, state affairs, political unrest, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
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48%
Gandhi, My Father (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: With Gandhi My Father, producer Anil Kapoor and director Feroz Abbas Khan have shed light onto Gandhi the person, rather than Gandhi the icon. Using Gandhi’s political career as a canvas, the film paints a picture of his intricate, complex, and ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, tragedy, rise to the top, fighting the system, rebellion, rebelliousness, human spirit, life is a bitch, society, redemption, political unrest, parents and children ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 1910s, 30s ...
Place: india, africa, south africa, asia
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44%
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Winnie Mandela (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Africa, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: ambition, society, state affairs, confined, politics, hopes, feminism, political unrest, isolation, pursuit, strong female presence, blind ambition ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
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43%
Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, silent film
Plot: feminism, civil rights, injustice, fighting the system, political unrest, life is a bitch, politics, journalism, state affairs, human spirit, americana, siblings relations ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917, year 1912
Place: philadelphia, tennessee, virginia, washington d.c.
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More Than Just a Game (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: South Africa
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A drama about political prisoners playing soccer at Robben Island prison, where Nelson Mandela was held.
Style: uplifting, captivating, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, racism, island, ambition, rebellion, fighting the system, friendship, prison life, against the odds, human spirit, society, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, quarry
Place: africa, south africa
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41%
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Sarafina! (1992)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: South Africa, UK, France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The stage version presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: apartheid, dedicated educator, racism, high school, show tunes, injustice, discrimination, fighting the system, politics, political unrest, power relations, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa
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40%
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The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, touching, factual, inspirational, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, boxing, prison life, freedom, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
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38%
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter, is arrested for killing the British official responsible for the death of his mentor Lala Lajpatrai. He is ultimately hanged for his misdeed.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: prison, vengeance, prison life, rebellion, politics, legal, deadly, life is a bitch, life sentence, rebelliousness, freedom fighter, police brutality ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 30s, 20s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
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Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: emotional, epic, captivating, factual, political ...
Plot: idealism, president, american civil war, racism, civil war, politics, historical character, head of state, slavery, leadership, political unrest, republican ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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37%
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The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, rebellion, social differences, human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, legal, society, life is a bitch, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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37%
The Least Among You (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, rebellion, against the odds, human spirit, self discovery, leadership, social relations, hopes, life is a bitch, student life, clergy, society ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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37%
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Jimmy's Hall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the 1930s political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the 'Red Scare'.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious, factual
Plot: deportation, fighting the system, rebellion, ambition, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, social relations, dance school, injustice, politics, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932
Place: ireland, new york
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37%
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The Lady (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, UK, Thailand
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film is about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (Yeoh) who spent more than a decade under house arrest. David Thewlis portrays Suu Kyi's husband, Dr. Michael Aris. Rebecca Frayn began working on the project after she and her husband, producer ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: election, military dictatorship, militant, resistance, human spirit, leadership, politics, selflessness, peaceful mission, social activist, democrat, tragic love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1998, year 1988 ...
Place: burma, asia, oxford university
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36%
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Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA, Czech Republic, Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Style: uplifting, biblical, intellectual, touching, sincere ...
Plot: rebellion, politics, catholicism, clergy, sin, hypocrisy, human spirit, idealism, social decay, rebelliousness, against the odds, fighting the system ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: rome italy, germany, europe, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.
Style: sincere, contemplative, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prison, legal, courtroom, false accusation, life is a bitch, society, legal action, fighting the system, prison life, rebellion, dedicated lawyer, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, florida
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35%
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, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, master and servant, torture, civil rights, blacks and whites, human trafficking, african american, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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35%
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Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: captivating, factual, inspirational, bleak, visually appealing ...
Plot: fighting the system, feminism, rebellion, women, rebelliousness, feminist, gender, politics, adoption, prejudice, working class, idealism ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 19th century, 20th century, edwardian era ...
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland ...
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34%
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Lumumba (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium, Germany, Haiti
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: assassination, political corruption, dehumanization, scapegoat, intrigue, betrayal, defamation, against the odds, ambition, leadership, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: congo, africa, belgium, brussels belgium, brussels ...
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33%
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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, uplifting ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, boston ...
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33%
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 155 min.
Story: The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a 2002 Indian historical biographical film about Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter who fought for Indian independence.It shows in detail how Singh came to develop his views on the British Raj and his struggle for Indian ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: police brutality, patriotism, fighting the system, rebellion, social decay, rebelliousness, idealism, injustice, revolution, society, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, 20th century
Place: asia, india
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33%
Princess Kaiulani (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American ...
Style: emotional, sincere, epic, serious, realistic ...
Plot: fall in love, destiny, political unrest, save the kingdom, life is a bitch, politics, youth, downfall, princess, historical figure, social differences, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 9th century
Place: hawaii, usa
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33%