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12 Years A Slave (2013)
Biography, Drama, History

12 Years A Slave (2013)

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, 'Solomon Northup' (qv), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, 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. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  humiliation,  grief,  racism,  funeral,  torture,  jealousy,  infidelity,  kidnapping,  friendship
Period:1840s
Story:slave,  slavery,  abolitionist,  cotton picking,  cotton field,  master slave relationship,  slave ship,  freed slave,  slave owner,  slave trade,  slave labor,  sold into slavery,  escape from slavery,  whipping scars,  freedom seeker,  freedom fight,  loss of freedom,  fight for freedom,  woman crying,  crying woman,  interracial rape,  unmailed letter,  saratoga new york,  rochester new york,  loss of identity,  cutting wood,  kidnapped man,  canadian expatriate,  human dignity,  bar of soap,  mother child separation,  burning a letter,  separation from family,  jealous wife,  black history,  cotton,  fiddle,  motivational,  ends with biographical notes,  social injustice,  plantation,  film starts with sex,  writing a letter,  chains,  in medias res,  interracial marriage,  sweat,  time in title,  family reunion,  forced to strip,  louisiana,  human trafficking,  unfaithful husband,  man crying,  physical abuse,  melancholy,  casual sex,  bible quote,  whip,  interracial romance,  crying man,  sexual abuse,  what happened to epilogue,  year in title,  washington d.c.,  whipping,  hairy chest,  hanging,  19th century,  human rights,  woman,  new york,  male pubic hair,  undressing,  rape,  based on true story,  male full frontal nudity,  bare chested male,  number in title,  based on novel,  sex scene,  blood

Amistad (1997)
Drama, History

Amistad (1997)

Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find help when they land. Instead, when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. They don't speak a word of English, and it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors when an abolitionist lawyer decides to take their case, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  racism,  torture
Period:1840s
Story:slave ship,  slave trade,  escape from slavery,  slave,  abolitionist,  social injustice,  slavery,  what happened to epilogue,  whipping,  19th century,  human rights,  based on true story,  blood

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Django Unchained (2012)
Drama, Western

Django Unchained (2012)

A German dentist buys the freedom of a slave and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of the slave's wife who belongs to a ruthless plantation owner.

Themes:freedom,  racism,  funeral,  torture
Story:slave,  plantation,  cotton field,  freed slave,  slave owner,  chains,  whip,  crying man,  slavery,  whipping,  19th century,  woman,  bare chested male,  blood

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:torture,  jealousy,  friendship
Story:cotton picking,  cotton,  fiddle,  plantation,  chains,  interracial romance,  slave,  slavery,  hanging,  19th century,  woman,  rape,  based on novel,  sex scene,  blood

Glory (1989) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:freedom,  humiliation,  racism,  torture,  friendship
Story:black history,  whip,  slave,  slavery,  what happened to epilogue,  whipping,  19th century,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  blood

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Unbroken (2014)
Biography, Drama, Sport, War

Unbroken (2014)

The life of 'Louis Zamperini' (qv), an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific. During his capture, Louie must continue his fight by surviving through the war. This is why Unbroken (2014) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  torture
Story:ends with biographical notes,  in medias res,  forced to strip,  man crying,  crying man,  what happened to epilogue,  hairy chest,  male pubic hair,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  jealousy,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:cotton field,  plantation,  master slave relationship,  woman crying,  cotton,  fiddle,  writing a letter,  whip,  slave,  slavery,  19th century,  woman,  undressing,  based on novel,  sex scene,  blood

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:humiliation,  friendship
Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  ends with biographical notes,  family reunion,  what happened to epilogue,  hairy chest,  undressing,  rape,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  blood

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Ben-hur (2016) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:jealousy
Story:whipping scars,  separation from family,  man crying,  whip,  slave,  crying man,  slavery,  whipping,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

Agora (2009)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Agora (2009)

Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:master slave relationship,  freed slave,  crying woman,  slave,  slavery,  whipping,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  blood

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. This is why On The Road (2012) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Story:cotton picking,  cotton field,  cotton,  louisiana,  man crying,  hairy chest,  new york,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex scene

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The Color Purple (1985)
Drama

The Color Purple (1985)

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Themes:racism,  funeral,  friendship
Story:separation from family,  family reunion,  physical abuse,  sexual abuse,  slavery,  woman,  rape,  based on novel,  sex scene

Salo O Le 120 Giornate Di Sodoma (1975) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Drama, War

Salo O Le 120 Giornate Di Sodoma (1975)

Nazi-Fascist Northern Italy, 1943-44. Four senior members of government, aided by henchmen and Nazi soldiers, kidnap a group of young men and women. They hold them for 120 days, subjecting them to all manner of torture, perversion and degradation.

Themes:torture,  kidnapping
Story:forced to strip,  whip,  sexual abuse,  whipping,  hanging,  male pubic hair,  rape,  male full frontal nudity,  bare chested male,  number in title,  based on novel,  blood

The Danish Girl (2015)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Danish Girl (2015)

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1926. Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) are a happily married couple. Both are artists, Einar preferring landscapes and she portraits. One day Einar poses for a portrait of Gerdas while wearing a dress. This is initially done as a lark, as is the later attendance at a party dressed as a woman. However, Einar soon discovers that she is in fact a woman and over time prefers being Lili. At first she and Gerda try to have her situation "cured" but this leads nowhere (other than to many doctors trying to have Lili locked up as a pervert and/or lunatic). Her voyage of self-discovery will ultimately lead to her undergoing the first ever sex-change operation. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  woman,  man crying,  crying man,  male pubic hair,  undressing,  based on true story,  male full frontal nudity,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  torture,  jealousy,  friendship
Story:slave,  slavery,  whipping,  hanging,  19th century,  number in title,  based on novel,  blood

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
Drama, Music, Romance

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage - but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order. This is why The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:grief,  funeral
Story:fiddle,  man crying,  crying man,  hairy chest,  male pubic hair,  male full frontal nudity,  bare chested male,  blood

Spartacus (2010) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Spartacus (2010)

The inspiration behind this series is the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The Thracians had been persuaded by Claudius Glaber to serve as auxiliaries in the Roman legions in a campaign against the Getae, who had often plundered Thracian lands. However after Glaber reneges on the deal and switches his attentions from the Getae to attack Mithridates in Asia Minor, the Thracians feel betrayed and mutiny. Captured by Glaber, Spartacus is condemned to death as a Gladiator, whilst his wife Sura is condemned to slavery. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him. He becomes a favorite of the crowd, leading Senator Albinius to commute his death sentence to a life of slavery. Spartacus is purchased by Batiatus for gladiator training, who promises to help him find Sura if he proves himself in training. As the series develops, the story follows the betrayals and machinations of Roman life and a tale of one man's heroic quest for vengeance. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Story:whip,  slave,  slavery,  whipping,  rape,  male full frontal nudity,  bare chested male,  blood

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The Ten Commandments (1956)
Adventure, Drama

The Ten Commandments (1956)

To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharaoh, Rameses I, condemning all newborn Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt, Moses' fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Story:slave labor,  escape from slavery,  slavery,  whipping,  human rights,  number in title,  based on novel,  blood

En Kongelig Affaere (2012)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

En Kongelig Affaere (2012)

In 1767, the British Princess Caroline is betrothed to the mad King Christian VII of Denmark, but her life with the erratic monarch in the oppressive country becomes an isolating misery. However, Christian soon gains a fast companion with the German Dr. Johann Struensee, a quietly idealistic man of the Enlightenment. As the only one who can influence the King, Struensee is able to begin sweeping enlightened reforms of Denmark through Christian even as Caroline falls for the doctor. However, their secret affair proves a tragic mistake that their conservative enemies use to their advantage in a conflict that threatens to claim more than just the lovers as their victims. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  torture,  infidelity
Story:ends with biographical notes,  crying man,  hairy chest,  undressing,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  blood

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  torture
Story:chains,  melancholy,  whip,  slave,  whipping,  hanging,  19th century,  rape,  blood

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Ben-hur (1959) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (1959)

Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a roof tile falls down from Judah's house and injures the governor. Although Messala knows they are not guilty, he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge. This is why Ben-hur (1959) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:separation from family,  family reunion,  whip,  slave,  slavery,  whipping,  hairy chest,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

The Divide (2011)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Divide (2011)

Nuclear explosions force the residents of a New York apartment block to run from the building. However, the explosions force them into a basement. Eight residents are holed up in the building's bomb shelter. They must acclimatise to each other in difficult, cramped conditions.

Themes:torture
Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  hairy chest,  undressing,  rape,  bare chested male,  blood

Hidden Figures (2016)
Biography, Drama, History

Hidden Figures (2016)

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  black history,  ends with biographical notes,  what happened to epilogue,  woman,  based on true story

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The Rover (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Rover (2014)

Ten years after a global economic collapse, a cold-blooded drifter traverses the scorched Australian outback on a mission to track down the men who stole his last remaining possession - his car. When he crosses paths with a badly wounded member of the gang, he takes the vulnerable, naive young man along as his unwitting accomplice. (Read More)

Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  sweat,  man crying,  crying man,  bare chested male,  blood

Out Of Africa (1985) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Out Of Africa (1985)

Follows the life of 'Karen Blixen' (qv), who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband.

Themes:freedom,  funeral,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:plantation,  whip,  interracial romance,  woman,  based on true story

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. This is why Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  grief,  infidelity,  kidnapping
Story:man crying,  crying man,  hairy chest,  woman,  rape,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

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Quills (2000)
Biography, Drama

Quills (2000)

The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned at Charenton Insane Asylum for unmentionable activities. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who runs the asylum, along with a beautiful laundress named Madeline. Things go terribly wrong when the Abbe finds out that the Marquis' books are being secretly published. The emperor Napoleon contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylum, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charenton and possibly the Marquis himself. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  torture,  infidelity
Story:crying man,  whipping,  19th century,  male pubic hair,  rape,  blood

Beasts Of No Nation (2015)
Drama, War

Beasts Of No Nation (2015)

Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier. (Read More)

Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  hairy chest,  rape,  male full frontal nudity,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:humiliation,  funeral
Story:crying woman,  crying man,  what happened to epilogue,  washington d.c.,  woman,  based on true story

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The Railway Man (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, War

The Railway Man (2013)

Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did? (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  torture
Story:ends with biographical notes,  what happened to epilogue,  hanging,  woman,  based on true story,  bare chested male

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. This is why Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  jealousy,  friendship
Story:ends with biographical notes,  in medias res,  what happened to epilogue,  hairy chest,  male pubic hair,  undressing,  bare chested male,  blood

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:whipping scars,  whipping,  hanging,  19th century,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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10,000 Bc (2008) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  friendship
Story:fight for freedom,  separation from family,  whip,  slave,  slavery,  whipping,  number in title,  blood

The Butler (2013)
Biography, Drama

The Butler (2013)

Cecil Gaines was a sharecropper's son who grew up in the 1920s as a domestic servant for the white family who casually destroyed his. Eventually striking out on his own, Cecil becomes a hotel valet of such efficiency and discreteness in the 1950s that he becomes a butler in the White House itself. There, Cecil would serve numerous US Presidents over the decades as a passive witness of history with the American Civil Rights Movement gaining momentum even as his family has troubles of its own. As his wife, Gloria, struggles with her addictions and his defiant eldest son, Louis, strives for a just world, Cecil must decide whether he should take action in his own way. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  funeral
Story:cotton field,  black history,  cotton,  man crying,  slave,  washington d.c.,  woman,  rape,  based on true story

The Lost City Of Z (2016)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  racism
Story:crying woman,  burning a letter,  separation from family,  slave,  crying man,  what happened to epilogue,  19th century,  human rights,  based on true story

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The Message (1976)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

The Message (1976)

In the 7th century, Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him, is visited by Angel Gabriel who urges him to lead the people of Mecca and worship God. But they're exiled in Medina before returning to Mecca to take up arms against their oppressors and liberate their city in the name of God (Allah). This is why The Message (1976) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:torture
Story:master slave relationship,  freed slave,  slave,  slavery,  based on true story

Wild (2014) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  infidelity
Story:crying woman,  in medias res,  casual sex,  hairy chest,  woman,  male pubic hair,  based on true story,  male full frontal nudity,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  blood

Hamlet (1996)
Drama

Hamlet (1996)

Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  funeral,  friendship
Story:physical abuse,  melancholy,  19th century,  blood

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Antichrist (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Antichrist (2009)

A couple lose their young son when he falls out of a window while they are having sex in another room. The mother's grief consigns her to hospital, but her therapist husband brings her home intent on treating her depression himself. To confront her fears they go to stay at their remote cabin in the woods, "Eden", where something untold happened the previous summer. Told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue, the film details acts of lustful cruelty as the man and woman unfold the darker side of nature outside and within. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  funeral,  torture
Story:woman crying,  film starts with sex,  man crying,  woman,  sex scene,  blood

Gangs Of New York (2002)
Crime, Drama

Gangs Of New York (2002)

Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  funeral,  torture,  jealousy
Period:1840s
Story:hanging,  19th century,  woman,  new york,  sex scene

Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:slave owner,  abolitionist,  plantation,  writing a letter,  slave,  slavery,  whipping,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex scene,  blood

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De Rouille Et D'os (2012)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:jealousy
Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  man crying,  male pubic hair,  undressing,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  blood

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Drama, Romance, War

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago, is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  funeral,  infidelity
Story:woman,  separation from family,  in medias res,  unfaithful husband,  19th century,  rape,  based on novel

The Hole (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Hole (2001)

One misty morning, Liz Dunn stumbles down the road to her school and screams for help. A police psychologist gets her to reveal her story: A month earlier: three rebellious teenagers - Mike, Frankie and Geoff are trying to ditch the school field trip to Wales. The school nerd Martin helps them out by allowing them to stay in an old war bunker for the three days on the condition that his friend Liz joins them. The teens go down, party and have great fun but Martin doesn't return to let them out and they hope and pray that someone will find them... (Read More)

Story:woman crying,  man crying,  hairy chest,  male pubic hair,  male full frontal nudity,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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For Love Of The Game (1999) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Drama, Romance, Sport

For Love Of The Game (1999)

A Detroit pitcher Billy Chapel, reflects on his life in major league baseball, after he finds out his girlfriend moves to London for a job. Thus forcing the ball player to analyze his life and how his career as a player, and his life without her will change, thus altering his priorities between his career winding to a close, choosing what his path will be, the love of baseball or the love of his life? (Read More)

Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  man crying,  crying man,  hairy chest,  undressing,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

The Devil's Double (2011)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Devil's Double (2011)

Baghdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought - but for a price. This is Uday Hussein's world and with his depraved lust for debauchery and immorality, he helps himself to whatever turns him on. When army lieutenant Latif Yahia is summoned to Saddam's palace, he is faced with an impossible request - to be Uday's 'fiday' - his body double, or have his family condemned to death. In a world entrenched in betrayal and corruption, knowing who to trust becomes a matter of life or death for Latif, as he battles to escape from his forced existence. This is why The Devil's Double (2011) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013). (Read More)

Themes:torture,  kidnapping
Story:forced to strip,  what happened to epilogue,  whipping,  rape,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex scene

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:grief,  racism,  funeral,  friendship
Story:family reunion,  interracial romance,  new york,  blood

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Cake (2014)
Drama

Cake (2014)

The acerbic, hilarious Claire Bennett becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

Themes:grief,  friendship
Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  woman,  bare chested male

Rush (2013) is one of the best movies like 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Rush (2013)

Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy 'James Hunt (II)' (qv) (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver 'Niki Lauda' (qv) (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. (Read More)

Themes:infidelity
Story:casual sex,  what happened to epilogue,  woman,  new york,  undressing,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  blood

Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  funeral,  torture,  infidelity,  friendship
Story:physical abuse,  melancholy,  sexual abuse,  what happened to epilogue,  undressing,  rape

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