Movies like Promised Land

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Promised Land
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Style: clever, serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, sincere, factual, dramatic, touching, earnest ...
Plot: small town, idealism, greed, campaign, teacher, propaganda, small town life, salesman, environmental, manipulation, fighting the system, corruption, mentor, corporate america, business, society, political, social relations, politics, conspiracy theory, catastrophe, poverty, oil, life philosophy, corporate crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, texas, california, pennsylvania, mexico

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and interesting films with plots about mentor, redemption, dialogue, corruption, catastrophe, runaway and storytelling mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Promised Land: Good Will Hunting (1997), A Civil Action (1998), North Country (2005), The Company Men (2010), True Colors (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Good Will Hunting
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, intellectual, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: genius, mathematics, prodigy, character study, life philosophy, existentialism, teachers and students, harvard, rags to riches, complex characters, university, professor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 6.5
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A Civil Action
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, sincere, factual ...
Plot: lawyer, small town, courtroom drama, obsession, courtroom, court, dedicated lawyer, investigation, greed, justice, legal investigation, lone hero ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts, washington d.c.
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 7.3
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North Country
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, dramatic, disturbing ...
Plot: women, courtroom drama, workplace, small town, court, lawyer, rape, courtroom, father daughter relationship, mining, lawsuit, feminism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa, mine
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System:   93%
    User:   100%
 
The Company Men
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Bobby Walker lives the proverbial American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and two co-workers jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands and ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, dramatic ...
Plot: workplace, unemployment, business, greed, corporate america, life is a bitch, suicide, capitalism, family, redemption, homeless, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, california, new jersey, massachusetts
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    User:   100%
 
 6.3
 4K
True Colors
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, friendship, politics, political corruption, vengeance, corruption, revenge, unlikely friendships, world politics, mentor, blind ambition, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, california, virginia
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System:   85%
    User:   76%
 
 6.9
 20K
School Ties
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, thought provoking, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, boarding school, friendship, football, anti semitism, cheating, working class, school, jewish, prejudice, jews ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: massachusetts, usa, israel, harvard university
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Olive Kitteridge
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, depression, tragedy, loneliness, life, small town life, sarcasm, relationships, mental illness, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, california, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   57%
 
 6.2
 18K
City Hall
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: talky, tense, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, corruption, political corruption, idealism, police, politics, conspiracy, mafia, political, murder, uncover truth, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new orleans, new jersey, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   60%
 
Bread and Roses
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, dramatic, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, immigrants, working class, poverty, justice, business, realism, betrayal, political, boss and employee, corporate america, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, latin america, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   48%
 
Stand and Deliver
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, idealism, school, underdog, dedicated educator, fighting the system, mentor, hardcase students, childhood, urban ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   47%
 
Extraordinary Measures
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: obsessive quest, race against time, family drama, happy ending, human spirit, survival, doctors, internet, catastrophe, child illness, science, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   60%
 
 7.1
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99 Homes
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After his family is evicted from their home, proud and desperate construction worker Dennis Nash tries to win his home back by striking a deal with the devil and working for Rick Carver, the corrupt real estate broker who evicted him.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, dramatic, interesting ...
Plot: single father, corruption, money, lawyer, police, guilt, morality, moral dilemma, greed, capitalism, mentor, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010
Place: florida, usa, boston, new orleans, california ...
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    User:   45%
 
Cradle Will Rock
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
Style: talky, clever, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: politics, artist, communism, art, depression, political, censorship, actor's life, corruption, greed, celebrity culture, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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    User:   42%
 
Finding Forrester
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: mentor, writer's life, friendship, high school, literature, basketball, teacher, writing, coming of age, prejudice, school, dedicated educator ...
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Place: new york, usa, boston, scotland, new york yankees
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   41%
 
Places in the Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, friendship, racism, redemption, farm, adultery, depression, poverty, prejudice, blindness, human spirit, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, usa
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    User:   42%
 
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Norma Rae
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: small town, workplace, working class, fighting the system, courage, friendship, feminism, jewish, price of justice, idealism, greed, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   45%
 
 6.8
 15K
Smashed
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: addiction, drinking, teacher, rehabilitation, support group, drugs/alcohol, school, relationships, depression, wine, character study, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   46%
 
 6.4
 2K
Panther
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some ...
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, factual, realistic ...
Plot: politics, revolution, violence, drugs, rebelliousness, interracial relations, brutality, conspiracy theory, segregation, political unrest, racism, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   50%
 
Of Mice and Men
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: friendship, farm, loneliness, tragedy, strong sexual content, buddies, book, literature, disability, adaptation, unlikely friendships, human nature ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   42%
 
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep ...
Style: talky, emotional, clever, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, friendship, politics, homosexuality, gay, redemption, betrayal, gays and lesbians, political, prison escape, character study, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
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System:   41%
    User:   37%
 
 7.8
 31K
The Verdict
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, hospital, courtroom, court, fighting the system, lawyer, justice, betrayal, legal action, mentor, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   37%
 
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk and move his head, and he wants to die. Whilst he is in hospital he makes friends with some ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, disability, suicide, dedicated lawyer, life & death, lawyer, death, legal action, destiny, mentor, doctors, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   48%
 
 6.3
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The River
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Farming family battles severe storms, a bank threatening to reposses their farm, and other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: human nature, courage, parents and children, family, bank, factory, small town life, natural disaster, survival, catastrophe, destiny, lone hero ...
Time: 80s
Place: tennessee, usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   49%
 
The Spitfire Grill
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, redemption, self discovery, storytelling, death, hospital, solitude, destiny, mentor, sacrifice ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, ohio, new england, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   35%
 
 6.4
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Laurel Canyon
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up ...
Style: realistic, sexual, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, culture clash, music business, drinking, hospital, psychiatry, drugs/alcohol, human nature, rock, mental illness, relationships, rock and roll ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   39%
 
 7.7
 200K
Philadelphia
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: aids, lawyer, gay, courtroom, courtroom drama, prejudice, court, dedicated lawyer, hospital, homosexuality, rock, lawsuit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   38%
 
 8.0
 427K
Rain Man
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental, road movie ...
Plot: autism, redemption, greed, road trip, on the road, mentally challenged, disability, brothers, yuppie, mentor, mental illness, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, las vegas, los angeles, cincinnati ohio, missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   44%
 
 6.5
 36K
The Joneses
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors.
Style: clever, biting, semi serious, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, cheating, greed, cons and scams, drugs/alcohol, death, suburbs, suburban life, reality tv, family, happy ending, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   43%
 
 7.1
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Diamond Men
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After 30 years on the road, a veteran jewellery salesman is forced to show his young replacement the tricks of the trade. But when the kid introduces him to the ladies of the "Altoona Riding Club," the old dog is introduced to a whole new ...
Style: talky, touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: aging, mentor, buddies, on the road, character study, friends, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, destiny, introspection, friendship, relationships ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   32%
 
 6.5
 14K
Margaret
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, high school, teacher, mother daughter relationship, virginity, drugs/alcohol, relationships, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, character study, drinking, abortion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   30%
 
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