Movies like Desert Flower

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Desert Flower (2009)
 7.4
 11K
Desert Flower (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Austria, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The autobiography of a Somalian nomad who was sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation.
Style: touching, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: fighting the system, model, life is a bitch, feminism, human spirit, injustice, introspection, deportation, un, sexual abuse, supermodel, fashion, rising to stardom, ambition, rebellion, society, haunted by the past, gender, changing lives, disfigurement, homeless, child abuse, autobiography, immigrants, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: somalia, africa, europe, england

Most similar movies to Desert Flower

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and emotional films with plots about society, life is a bitch, injustice, hopes, fighting the system, rebellion and human spirit mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Desert Flower: Iron Jawed Angels (2004), The Last Sentence (2012), Skin (2008), Inch'Allah Sunday (2001), Dallas Buyers Club (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: feminism, injustice, americana, civil rights, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, human spirit, state affairs, journalism, media, idealism ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: virginia, tennessee, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last Sentence (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Renowned journalist Torgny Segerstedt declares war against Hitler as he criticizes Swedish politicians who tried to look away from the tyranny of the Nazis with the good excuse of “neutralism”. His only weapon is his pen and his life is full of ...
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
Plot: journalism, media, ambition, society, rebellion, rebelliousness, idealism, fascism, righting the wronged, political unrest, against the odds, fighting the system ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Skin (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.
Style: serious, captivating, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Plot: love and romance, social misfits, eccentric family, parents and children, interracial relations, self discovery, family problems, couples, racism, family relations, human spirit, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 50s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: university, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, life is a bitch, teenage life, ambition, lifestyle, homeless, kids in trouble, street kid, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Inch'Allah Sunday (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the past ten years. In a land and culture foreign to her, ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, gloomy, uplifting ...
Plot: culture clash, feminism, confined, estrangement, self discovery, family problems, dysfunctional family, isolation, immigrants, human spirit, society, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: algeria, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, transsexual, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society, gay slur ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, china, mexico, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A light hearted look at future Prime Minister Margaret Thatchers rise from research chemist in 1949 to becoming MP for Finchley in 1959 encompassing her early relationship and marriage to Oil Millionaire Denis Thatcher.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: society, feminism, politics, ambition, campaign, head of state, rise to the top, state affairs, british history, jaguar car, parliament, member of parliament ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.0
 73K
The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, sad, touching ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, freedom, lawyer, dignity, mercy killing, euthanasia, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, introspection, understanding ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Father Damien (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of the 19th century Belgian priest, Father Damien, who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: injustice, society, human nature, fighting the system, against the odds, clergy, idealism, tragic hero, island, redemption, power relations, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Investigator (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: 1989: Caroline Meagher is a sergeant with the Royal Military Police, with 12 years' experience, stationed in Northern Ireland. Two men from internal affairs grill her for four days: someone has accused her of being a lesbian. It's an ...
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: military base, military, law enforcement, military life, coming out, power relations, dishonesty, legal, society, injustice, gender, courtroom drama ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, europe, germany, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Muhammad Ali’s historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, thought provoking, talky
Plot: vietnam war, ambition, righting the wronged, political unrest, against the odds, injustice, legal action, courtroom, legal, civil action, fighting the system, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1971
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Citizen Cohn (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: politics, hospital, aids, hotshot lawyer, injustice, introspection, gender, americana, society, rise and fall, rebellion, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1954, year 1968, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 841
Illegal (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, immigrants, family relations, misfit, society, social differences, injustice, rebellion, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, civil rights, marital problem, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 102K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: touching, uplifting, disturbing, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, military, navy, u.s. navy, racism, prejudice, instructor, society, ambition, african american, respect, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.9
 885
The Overture (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Thailand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets ...
Style: serious, sincere, stylized, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: musician, performer's life, musician's life, prodigy, ambition, politics, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, music, fighting the system, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 20th century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 35K
Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Biography, 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, realistic ...
Plot: feminism, fighting the system, rebellion, women, rebelliousness, working class, gender, politics, adoption, prejudice, idealism, workplace ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 19th century, 20th century, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Style: sad, sincere, captivating, touching, suspenseful ...
Plot: jungle, extinction, environmentalism, human spirit, gorilla, fighting the system, obsessive quest, forces of nature, environmental, animals, unlikely friendships, hunting ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: africa, congo, rwanda
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, serious, emotional, uplifting, thought provoking
Plot: civil disobedience, life is a bitch, human spirit, hopes, fighting the system, americana, social differences, rebellion, society, injustice, discrimination, legal action ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 1K
The Greatest (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The song "Greatest Love of All", later remade by Whitney Houston, was written for this film and ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious
Plot: racism, fighting the system, ambition, rising to stardom, human spirit, athlete's life, contests and competitions, follow your dream, hopes, religions or cults, politics, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Wronged Man (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Janet Gregory, a single mother with a haunting past, is a paralegal struggling to overcome doubts about Calvin Willis, an African-American husband and father wrongfully accused of raping a neighborhood girl. Eventually convinced of his innocence, ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: false accusation, hopes, injustice, courtroom drama, society, crimes, legal, dishonesty, rape, african american, redemption, morality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 79K
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, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, fighting the system, americana, discrimination, rebelliousness, rebellion, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1963 ...
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 277
Maya (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 105 min.
Story: MAYA is a coming of age story set against an outlawed brutal practice of ritual rape still occurring in some parts of India.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child rape, coming of age, life is a bitch, parents and children, introspection, injustice, youth, religions or cults, kids in trouble, moral dilemma, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 7.2
 2K
Truman (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, political drama
Plot: soldier, white house, politics, presidential election, hopes, unfulfillment, heroes, life is a bitch, leadership, political unrest, fighting the system, political corruption ...
Time: 1950s
Place: japan, asia, usa, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.3
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Jean Charles (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Brazil
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious
Plot: social differences, injustice, urban, misfit, society, political unrest, mistaken identity, wrong place wrong time, life is a bitch, immigrants, city life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A film about the early life of the baseball star in the army, particulary his court-martial for insubordination regarding segragation.
Style: serious, clever, captivating, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, major league, dedicated lawyer, athlete's life, life is a bitch, wartime life, military life, fighting the system, army investigation, hopes, against humanity ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Ryan White Story (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.
Style: touching, uplifting, captivating, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: terminal illness, school, hospital, human spirit, parents and children, life is a bitch, gender, high school life, rebellion, legal action, workplace situations, child illness ...
Time: 80s
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The End Is My Beginning (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When an extraordinary man who has lived through all is approaching his end, he decides to call his son to join him for the last time at his home in Tuscany. His intention is to share some valuable conversations about his life as a press ...
Style: realistic, touching, talky, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: elderly, introspection, unfulfillment, parents and children, dealing with death, life is a bitch, terminal illness, village, family relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 417
Strike (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In poverty, she found strength. In oppression, she found courage. In solidarity, she found a reason to believe again. Acclaimed German actress Katharina Thalbach (THE TIN DRUM, SOPHIE’S CHOICE) stars in this hard-hitting historical drama set during ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: working class, revolution, orphan, rivalry, boss and employee, workplace situations, heroes, price of justice, human spirit, ship, single parent, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and slashes her throat in front of police, she sues the city and the ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: injustice, courtroom drama, sexual abuse, legal, lawsuit, woman in danger, fighting the system, family problems, society, couple relations, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%