Humanist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant humanist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, dramatic, feel good, sentimental and emotional films and TV shows about / with humanist, mentor, storytelling, friendship, runaway, culture clash, honest, unlikely friendships, idealism and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
humanist movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as humanist: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), A Patch of Blue (1965), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), To Sir, with Love (1967), Little Big Man (1970), The Point (1971), Conrack (1974), Hair (1979).

List of humanist movies

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: clever, touching, inspirational, sentimental, philosophical ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, kids
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, existentialism, plot twist, life, friendship between men, life sentence, life philosophy, hopes, adaptation, powerful ending ...
Time: 1940s, year 1963, year 1965, year 1966, year 1954 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: touching, enigmatic, compassionate, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing, manly, chick flick
Plot: racism, lawyer, courtroom, small town, courtroom drama, single father, legal, rape, childhood, poverty, court, prejudice ...
Time: 1930s, year 1932, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa, africa
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A Patch of Blue (1965)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.
Style: talky, touching, emotional, sad, light ...
Plot: blindness, interracial relations, interracial romance, racism, disability, friendship, tolerance, racial prejudice, blind character, prostitute, age difference, rape ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: africa, los angeles, usa
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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.
Style: funny, political, touching, satirical, humorous ...
Plot: submarine, cold war, island, culture clash, communism, stranded, espionage, friendship, satire, boat, russian, survival ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new england, russia, england, california, usa
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Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, rough, intense ...
Audience: manly, adult
Plot: prison, freedom, prison escape, escape, rebelliousness, death, dignity, escape attempt, prison life, rebellion, tough guy, punishment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: florida, southern usa
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, compassionate, intense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: interracial relations, racism, culture clash, miscegenation, african american, doctor, liberal, interracial marriage, prejudice, widower, father daughter relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, hawaii
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To Sir, with Love (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, romantic, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, dedicated teacher, school, teaching, education, teenager, teacher student relationship, slum, gym teacher, cockney, death of mother ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: london, england, east end london, europe
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Little Big Man (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.
Style: epic, humorous, sentimental, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: native american, orphan, chief, native americans, escapades, injustice, americana, imperialism, society, thief, salesman, indians ...
Time: 19th century, 70s, 20th century, 1860s, 1850s ...
Place: south dakota, usa
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The Point (1971)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Years ago, there was a place called The Land of Point, because everything in The Land of Point had one: the barns, the houses, the cars, everything, even the people. Everyone in The Land of Point had a point at the top of its head. Everyone, that ...
Style: surreal, psychedelic, feel good, allegory, educational ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: dog, trippy, good versus evil, monster, art, obsession, artist, sexual abuse, memory, talking animals, imagination, wilderness ...
Place: canada, japan
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, racism, school, youth, island, education, black history, psychology, humanist, civil rights, blaxploitation, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1969
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, dramatic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, human spirit, nurse, society, psychiatrist, unlikely friendships, escaped mental patient, psychopath ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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Hair (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: "Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on ...
Style: stylized, thought provoking, lyrical, reflective, harsh ...
Plot: hippie, counterculture, anti war, music, vietnam war, dancing, rock and roll, nude, female nudity, lgbtq, commune, lsd ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: oklahoma, vietnam, new york, manchester, manhattan new york city ...
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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: inspirational, political, touching, feel good, light ...
Plot: labor union, working class, women, small town, courage, business, whistleblower, fighting the system, social change, american politics, feminist, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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: psychological, emotional, sentimental, dramatic, philosophical ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: mathematics, professor, genius, life philosophy, psychology, life, prodigy, university, philosophy, existentialism, psychologist, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: boston, harvard university, massachusetts, usa
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Chocolat (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group ...
Style: romantic, feel good, sentimental, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: small town, chocolate, love story, prejudice, women, cooking and food, love and romance, lifestyle change, culture clash, food, love, village ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, canada, central america
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Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, ...
Style: inspirational, touching, feel good, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: coming of age, ballet, gay, father son relationship, friendship, dancing, working class, childhood, audition, follow your dream, boxing, dancer's life ...
Time: 20th century, year 1984, 90s, 80s
Place: england, northern england, london, europe
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: inspirational, touching, romantic, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, dedicated educator, teacher, art, college, women, teachers and students, coming of age, mentor, teenager, irreverence, gender ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, california, new jersey, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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Angels in America (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 352 min.
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Story: Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.
Style: touching, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, surreal ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: gay, aids, terminal illness, gender, life is a bitch, breakup, loneliness, gays and lesbians, lgbt, gay african american, gay relationship, gay slur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1985
Place: new york, san francisco, usa
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Seabiscuit (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
Style: sentimental, inspirational, feel good, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: horse, horse race, racehorse, sport, follow your dream, underdog, against the odds, marriage, self made man, jockey, depression, life philosophy ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, year 1938, 20th century, future ...
Place: california, pasadena california, tijuana mexico, chicago illinois, san francisco ...
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Saved! (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Teenage Mary Cummings, who has "been Born Again her whole life," is about to enter her senior year at American Eagle Christian High School near Baltimore with her Fundamentalist Christian friends Hilary Faye and Veronica, the three of whom ...
Style: touching, witty, humorous, funny, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, date night, teen drama
Plot: high school, pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, coming of age, teenager, youth, friendship, gay, cheerleading, satire, atheism, hypocrisy ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: new jersey, maryland, xian, baltimore, california
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The Family Stone (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.
Style: sentimental, feel good, humorous, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: christmas, holiday, dysfunctional family, love, family values, brother sister relationship, secret, eccentric family, family gatherings, parents and children, gay, wedding ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut
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As It Is in Heaven (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A musical romantic tragedy about a famous composer who moves back to his small hometown after having had heart troubles. His search for a simple everyday life leads him into teaching the local church choir which is not easily accepted by the town ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, lyrical, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, choir, village, character study, self discovery, musician's life, teachers and students, ambition, human nature, destiny, love, bullying ...
Time: 21st century
Place: sweden, australia, europe, milan italy, austria ...
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: gloomy, tense, reflective, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cold war, surveillance, spy, communism, berlin wall, stasi, iron curtain, espionage, voyeurism, loneliness, interrogation, politics ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century, 90s
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, europe, central europe ...
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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: road movie, feel good, funny, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, kids, date night
Plot: road trip, dysfunctional family, on the road, honest, gay, obsessive quest, family relations, escapades, nothing goes right, coming of age, parenthood, drugs ...
Time: year 2006, 2000s, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, new mexico, arizona, albuquerque new mexico ...
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: inspirational, emotional, sentimental, dramatic, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, teens
Plot: life, life philosophy, rags to riches, human spirit, homeless, rise to the top, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, down on your luck, hopes, single father ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, san francisco
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Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: inspirational, touching, sentimental, rough, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: high school, teacher, dedicated educator, teachers and students, racism, lifestyle change, teenage life, holocaust, mentor, school, teenager, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1993, year 1992, year 2006 ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, war, childhood, nazi, jewish, adoption, human spirit, nazi germany, life is a bitch, against humanity, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1945, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself ...
Style: emotional, touching, depressing, psychological, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, self discovery, life is a bitch, loss of child, prostitute, older man young girl relationship, depression, friendship, teenage life, haunted by the past, runaway, overcoming ...
Time: 70s, 21st century
Place: louisiana, indiana, new jersey, california, las vegas ...
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Gran Torino (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. ...
Style: serious, emotional, thought provoking, touching, intense ...
Audience: manly, chick flick
Plot: gang, friendship, racism, veteran, rape, prejudice, teenager, elderly, gunfight, widower, interracial relations, revenge ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa, italy, michigan
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Pride (2014)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on a true story, the film is set in the summer of 1984 – when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise ...
Style: touching, witty, feel good, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: gay, working class, lgbt, prejudice, culture clash, homosexuality, friendship, protest, coming out, gay relationship, mining town, lesbian ...
Time: year 1985, year 1984, 80s, future, 20th century
Place: wales, england, london, california, united kingdom ...
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