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List of the best movies like Show Me a Hero (2015): Rosewood, Judas and the Black Messiah, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Parkland, The Front Runner, Cry Freedom, Bomb City, Big Jim McLain, Savannah, LBJ.

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Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:20
PlotOn real events, Political, False accusations
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think, Touching

Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersFBI
PlotOn real events, Money, Friendship, Revolution, Death
PlacePrison, Hospitals, Chicago, USA
StyleVital signs

Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers on the orders of FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends—falling for a fellow revolutionary en route—a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:57
CharactersHitler, Soldier, Lovers
PlotOn real events, Political
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleSerious

This biopic profiles history's most spectacular madman, tracing his journey from humble roots to complete mastery of Germany.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersFBI, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Revenge, Investigation
PlaceHospitals, Texas, USA
StyleAction, Light, By books, Fascinating, Tense

November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever — when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. This film follows, almost in real time, a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after an event that would change their lives and forever alter the world’s landscape.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:18
PlotOn real events, Political, Elections, Power, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

Gary Hart, former Senator of Colorado, becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart's intelligence, charisma and idealism makes him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:31
CharactersJournalists, Friends
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Political
PlaceAfrica
StyleAction, Fascinating, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

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, a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersPunks, Friends, Singers
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Death
PlaceTexas, USA
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, For men

A crime-drama, about the cultural aversion of a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town. Their ongoing battle with a rival, more-affluent clique leads to a controversial hate crime that questions the morality of American justice.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersVampire, Spy, Special agents
PlotInvestigation, Political, Chase, Conspiracies, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Serious, Disturbing

House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter come to post war Hawaii to track Communist Party activities even though belonging to the party was legal at the time. They are interested in everything from insurance fraud to the sabotage of a U.S. naval vessel.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genremelodrama, drama, family, history
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Horses, Writers, Lawyers, Friends
PlotOn real events, Slavery, Money, Friendship, Death
PlaceParty, Hotels, USA
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Savannah is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his long-time friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah's markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Teens, CIA, Friends, Presidential
PlotOn real events, Motorcycles, Friendship, Political, Elections
PlaceAircraft, Russia, USSR, Hospitals, The White House
TimeCold War
StyleBy books, Tense, Serious

The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Germany, India
Duration02:39
CharactersCIA, Spy, Scouts, Lawyers, Judge
PlotOn real events, Political, Justice
PlaceUSSR, USA
TimeCold War
StyleTense, Serious, Disturbing

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel, the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, western, history
CountryAustralia
CharactersInvestigators
PlotPursuit, Political, Expeditions
PlaceAustralia
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious

Somewhere in Australia in the early 20th century outback, an Aboriginal man is accused of murdering a white woman. Three white men are on a mission to capture him with the help of an experienced Indigenous man.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:27
CharactersDogs, Snipers, Hired assassins
PlotOn real events, Political
PlaceRussia, The White House, Texas, USA
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Serious

Drama documentary based on Bill O'Reilly's and Martin Dugard's 2012 non-fiction book "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot". It follows the parallel lives of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald from the winter 1959-1960 to those fatal days in Dallas in November 1963, when they both died within two days after each other and were buried on the same day - John F. Kennedy in a state funeral in Washington D.C., broadcast live both to Europe and the Pacific, while Oswald was buried in Forth Worth at a small funeral where the attending reporters were asked to act as pallbearers.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA
Duration00:30
CharactersNurses
PlotLove, War, On real events, Friendship, Death
PlaceUSA
StyleFascinating, Serious

Follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War - New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. Based on true stories and set in a Union hospital in the occupied Confederate city of Alexandria, viewers are taken beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersCIA, Journalists, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Political, Conspiracies
StyleAction, Fascinating, Smart, Makes me think, Disturbing

A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
PlotPolitical
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, Depressive

"The Laramie Project" is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of "The Laramie Project," the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, recording hours of interviews with the town's citizens over a two-year period. The film adaptation dramatizes the troupe's visit, using the actual words from the transcripts to create a portrait of a town forced to confront itself.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryFrance, USA
Duration01:57
CharactersHeroes, Priests
PlotOn real events, Political, Uprising, Rivalry
PlacePoland
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

A young priest speaks out against the Communist regime in Poland and is killed for it.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersSlaves
PlotAdventure, Political
PlaceUSA
Time19th century
StyleRomantic, To cry, By books, Serious

Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widower father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and he sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly however, Amantha's world is turned upside down. She learns that her father had been living on borrowed money and that her mother was actually a slave and her father's mistress. The plantation is to be sold to pay off her father's debts and as the daughter of slave, Amatha is also to be sold as property. She is bought by a Louisiana plantation owner, Hamish Bond and over time she grows to love him until she learns he was a slave-trader. She tries again to become part of white society but realizes that her future lies elsewhere.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, India
Duration02:30
CharactersPresidential
PlotWar, On real events, Slavery, Political, Justice
PlaceThe White House, USA
Time19th century
StyleFascinating, Tense, Epic

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 slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:27
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Street children
PlotOn real events
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleMakes me think, Serious

"Stonewall" is a drama about a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersHired assassins, FBI, Presidential, Singers
PlotOn real events, Weapon, Political
PlaceThe White House, USA, Los Angeles
StyleLight, Fascinating, Serious

In 1970, a few days before Christmas, Elvis Presley showed up on the White House lawn seeking to be deputized into the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs by the President himself.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Hungary
Duration02:15
CharactersPriests
PlotOn real events, Revolution, Political
PlaceRussia
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

Into an era seething with war and revolution, a man comes with an incredible power to heal a nation...or destroy it. Based on the true story of one of the most powerful and mysterious figures in Russian history.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, Russia, Hungary
CharactersStalin
PlotOn real events, Political, KGB
PlaceRussia, USSR
TimeCold War
StyleFascinating, Serious

The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersLesbians, Sisters, Poor
PlotOn real events, Music
PlaceTrains, Hotels, USA
StyleGloomy, Serious

The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryItaly, Soviet Union, USA
Duration02:17
CharactersStalin, Orphans
PlotLove, On real events, Political, KGB
PlaceTrains, Russia
TimeWorld War II
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Serious

The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his "Master" despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife's affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand. Written by Martin H. Booda

Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:28
CharactersLawyers, Fathers, Presidential, Poor, Chief
PlotLove, On real events, Cars, Friendship, Art
PlaceCollege, Africa, The White House, USA, Office
TimeSummer
StyleLight, To cry, Soulful

Chronicles a single day in the summer of 1989 when the future president of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:13
CharactersMusicians, Family
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Travel, Abduction
PlaceUSA, New York
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Oscars, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive

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 the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryBrazil
Duration01:30
CharactersPhotographers
PlotOn real events, Death, Radio
PlaceSchool
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

In 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States and the Second World War was over. Right? Wrong. For eighty percent of the Japanese community in Brazil, Japan had won the war and defeat was nothing more than American propaganda. The few immigrants that accepted the truth were persecuted. Some were hunted down and assassinated - by their own countrymen - causing the start of a new, private war. Dirty Hearts is a thriller and love story told by the wife of one of the fanatics dedicated to preach Japanese victory. Little by little, she watches her husband, a hard-working immigrant, become an assassin and their love story fade away.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:21
CharactersSerial killers, Strong women, Single mothers, Nurses, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Abduction, Investigation, Mystery, Missing people
PlaceCourt, USA, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Action, To cry, Fascinating, Heartbreaking

Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:55
CharactersPriests
PlotLove, Political, Fate, Uprising
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Serious

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Nazism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.





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