Movies like Promised Land

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Promised Land (2012)
 6.6
 34K
Promised Land (2012)
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, touching, twist ending, factual, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, salesman, campaign, small town life, idealism, fighting the system, society, social relations, corporate crimes, environmentalism, americana, hopes, rebellion, greed, toxic, reach out, environmental health, gain trust, corporate world, female partner, powerful corporation, teacher, propaganda, get rich quick scheme, fired ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, texas, california, mexico

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Most similar movies to Promised Land

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and touching films with plots about small town, small town life, society, hopes, social relations, family relations and friendship mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Promised Land: A Civil Action (1998), Small Town Saturday Night (2010), Ring the Bell (2013), Lebanon, Pa. (2010), An Enemy of the People (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.5
 25K
A Civil Action (1998)
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, small town, leukemia, trial, law firm, lawsuit, plaintiff, bankruptcy, obsession, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: massachusetts, washington d.c., boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Small Town Saturday Night (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Just days before Rhett (Chris Pine) is leaving for Nashville to pursue a lifelong dream of being a singer/songwriter, his girlfriend Samantha (Bre Blair) realizes that "his" future may not be "their" future. This news comes as a ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: small town, friends, gas station, bar, country, musician's life, follow your dream, slice of life, deputy sheriff, musician, prostitute, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.8
 408
Ring the Bell (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When high-powered sports agent Rob Decker arrives looking for his next major league prospect, he finds more than he bargained for at the Cooke Boys Ranch. As he works to secure Shawn Hart, the top high school baseball prospect in the country, he ...
Style: serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: small town, redemption, fish out of water, introspection, americana, small town life, hopes, misfit, society, social relations, disorder, scout ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.3
 495
Lebanon, Pa. (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Will, a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ, his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ's married ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: pregnancy, road not taken, small town, small town life, coming of age, wooing, americana, culture clash, death in the family, teenage life, dull life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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An Enemy of the People (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A small forest town is trying to promote itself as a place for tourists to come enjoy the therapeutic hot springs and unspoiled nature. Dr. Stockmann, however, makes the inconvenient discovery that the nature around the village is not so unspoiled. ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: small town, price of justice, village, small town life, cover-up, health, righting the wronged, americana, society, social relations, social misfits, contests and competitions ...
Time: 70s
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Taking Back Our Town (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: cancer, church, small town life, small town, society, obsessive quest, human spirit, doctors and patients, heroic mission, terminal illness, environmentalism, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.0
 2K
Texasville (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Summer, 1984: 30 years after Duane captained the high school football team and Jacy was homecoming queen, this Texas town near Wichita Falls prepares for its centennial. Oil prices are down, banks are failing, and Duane's $12 million in debt. ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, americana, lovers reunited, pregnancy, reunion, best friends, single parent, crumbling marriage, human nature, introspection, couple relations, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 4.4
 264
Harvest (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A DEA agent and a local sheriff have to wrestle with their consciences as they start raids on local farmers, who have started growing marijuana simply to keep their farms operational. Story focuses on a young man, who accidentally discovers that his ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: farm, immigrants, drug dealing, innocence lost, small town, drug abuse, fighting the system, crimes, society, intrigue, introspection, moral dilemma ...
Time: 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Thicker Than Water (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After the death of her father, Natalie Travers (Melissa Gilbert) discovers he was married to a rodeo star before he married Natalie’s mother. Upset that her father kept part of his life a secret from her and bewildered over how a prominent judge ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: small town, friendship, self discovery, farm, fall in love, parents and children, americana, small town life, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
Style: clever, serious, talky, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, dedicated lawyer, school, hotshot lawyer, journalism, legal action, idealism, courtroom drama, religions or cults, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 36K
North Country (2005)
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, serious, emotional, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: feminism, sexual harassment, rape, courtroom drama, lawsuit, rapist, price of justice, fighting the system, court, small town, against the odds, love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 2K
Joshua (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When Joshua moves to the outskirts of Auburn, he awakens the curiosity of the sleepy town. They don’t know who he is or where he came from, but no one can shake the feeling they’ve known him for years. Despite his benevolence and selfless work ...
Style: serious, uplifting, feel good, sincere, touching
Plot: small town, redemption, miraculous event, small town life, hopes, society, mysterious character, self discovery, cause and meaning, religions or cults, imaginary, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, prison, friendship, redemption, church, self discovery, false accusation, couples, social relations, friends, gays and lesbians, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, ohio, new england, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 1K
Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, enigmatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, friendship, single parent, parents and children, small town life, family relations, social relations, friends, human nature, woman in danger, americana, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 3K
Trucker (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Loner Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan) is a truck driver with an 11-year-old son, Peter (Jimmy Bennett), whom she never sees, and that's fine with her. But, when Peter's father, Len (Benjamin Bratt), falls ill, he asks Diane to take care of ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: americana, highway, bar, violence, sex, motel, traffic, cancer, single parent, drugs/alcohol, small town, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family relations, legal action, starting over, life turned upside down, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
 2K
Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, friendship, stripper, young lovers, romance, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, coming of age, opposites attract, human nature, introspection, parents and children ...
Place: nebraska, england, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Plot: bus, small town, redemption, self discovery, escape, homecoming, americana, human nature, senior citizen, memory, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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What Would Jesus Do? (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The citizens of a small town lose their faith day by day. Poverty and hardships have been hard on them... when all of a sudden something changes. Their faith is reborn. And a question rises inside them: "What would Jesus do?"
Style: serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: small town, human spirit, small town life, religions or cults, hopes, social relations, clergy, introspection, society, guitar, foreclosure, loss of wife ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.9
 361
The Off Hours (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: You're awake when everyone else is asleep. You're standing still as traffic is whipping by at 70mph. You see dusk and dawn everyday because they happen on your way to a time clock and then to a bed. Your off hours are spent trying to ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sincere
Plot: small town, dull life, unfulfillment, introspection, fall in love, love affair, working class, hopes, love and romance, society, waitress, truck driver
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.4
 496
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: pregnancy, small town, coming of age, parents and children, teenage life, youth, couples, social relations, clergy, social misfits, sexual abuse, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 613
Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: mentally challenged, small town, friendship, life is a bitch, misfit, single parent, dealing with death, human spirit, impossible love, wooing, unemployment, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Dog Days of Summer (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mysterious drifter lures two boys into uncovering the secrets of a sleepy southern town.
Style: offbeat, serious, touching, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: small town, coming of age, small town life, youth, social relations, friendship, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, infidelity, neo noir, sheriff ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6.3
 401
Jasper, Texas (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it affected all of the residents of the town, both black and white.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: racism, small town, murder, small town life, social decay, crimes, deadly, society, life is a bitch, investigation, human spirit, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 5K
Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, touching, futuristic ...
Plot: small town, survival, apocalypse, radiation, nuclear holocaust, human spirit, parents and children, future dystopia, danger, escapades, hopes, nuclear war ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Winter Solstice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A widower confronts his older son's decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: human nature, parents and children, small town, hopes, suburbs, love and romance, society, couples, family relations, social relations, single parent, starting over ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 9K
Norma Rae (1979)
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, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: small town, fighting the system, union, labor, working class, single mother, factory, against the odds, labor union, whistleblower, factory worker, feminism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Welcome to Paradise (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When big-city preacher Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) moves to the small town of Paradise with her son Hayden (Bobby Edner), she finds the local community unreceptive to her message of love and forgiveness. Determined to get through to her ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: small town, church, clergy, young lovers, countryside, introspection, parents and children, urban, family life, small town life, village, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 14K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: dog, small town, realism, on the road, drifter, pets, down on your luck, survival, scar, friendship, mysterious past, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 3K
Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, small town, family life, couple relations, parents and children, small town life, gender, couples, family problems, family relations, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%