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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:prejudice,  racism,  wedding
Locations:courtroom,  church,  school
Characters:sexist,  daughter
Period:1960s
Story:woman wearing glasses,  woman with glasses,  langley virginia,  car breakdown,  rocket explosion,  rocket launching,  court room,  female sitting on a toilet,  barefoot woman,  african american woman,  woman crying,  running in the rain,  crying woman,  computer programming,  computer operator,  computer room,  computer programmer,  sikorsky h 34 helicopter,  security clearance,  reference to florida,  mercury program,  yuri gargarin,  water rescue,  john glenn,  hand truck,  second husband,  punch card,  wind tunnel,  soaking wet,  classified information,  senate hearing,  ibm,  climbing a ladder,  women dancing together,  ends with historical notes,  nervous,  memo,  briefing,  police escort,  pearls,  space program,  black history,  space race,  supervisor,  sledge hammer,  year 1961,  report,  national guard,  reference to martin luther king jr.,  chalkboard,  mathematician,  breakdown,  ends with biographical notes,  job promotion,  preaching,  math,  determination,  sledgehammer,  segregation,  crowbar,  pearl necklace,  virginia,  blackboard,  friendship between women,  female friendship,  shouting,  female bonding,  engagement ring,  rocket,  nasa,  genius,  archival footage,  astronaut,  discrimination,  first kiss,  sexism,  confrontation,  picnic,  press conference,  race relations,  heavy rain,  what happened to epilogue,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  glasses,  court,  fired from the job,  protest,  library,  marriage proposal,  coffee,  no opening credits,  judge,  toilet,  widow,  woman,  single mother,  police car,  classroom,  bathroom,  running,  computer,  police officer,  based on true story,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Story:woman with glasses,  woman crying,  crying woman,  ends with biographical notes,  what happened to epilogue,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  marriage proposal,  coffee,  police car,  running,  police officer,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

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Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  school
Story:crying woman,  mathematician,  genius,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  court,  judge,  woman,  classroom,  running,  computer,  african american,  husband wife relationship

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:courtroom,  church
Characters:daughter
Period:1960s
Story:crying woman,  ends with biographical notes,  shouting,  what happened to epilogue,  mother daughter relationship,  court,  marriage proposal,  judge,  woman,  single mother,  running,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Toula Portokalos is 30, Greek, and works in her family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's, in Chicago. All her father Gus wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy. But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother convinces Gus to let her take some computer classes at college (making him think it's his idea). With those classes under her belt, she then takes over her aunt's travel agency (again making her father think it's his idea). She meets Ian Miller, a high school English teacher, WASP, and dreamboat she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is livid over her dating a non-Greek. He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula's huge family, and Toula has to learn to accept herself. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism,  wedding
Locations:church,  school
Characters:daughter
Story:mother daughter relationship,  marriage proposal,  woman,  classroom,  computer,  f rated

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Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. This is why Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism,  wedding
Locations:church
Period:1960s
Story:year 1961,  segregation,  genius,  race relations,  applause,  fired from the job,  single mother,  bathroom,  running,  african american,  husband wife relationship

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Locations:school,  courtroom,  church
Characters:daughter
Story:single mother,  mother daughter relationship,  court,  judge,  toilet,  woman,  police car,  classroom,  running,  computer,  police officer,  husband wife relationship

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church,  school
Story:supervisor,  ends with biographical notes,  sexism,  what happened to epilogue,  court,  protest,  no opening credits,  judge,  woman,  single mother,  police car,  classroom,  bathroom,  running,  police officer,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

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A Beautiful Mind (2001) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Biography, Drama

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:school
Period:1960s
Story:classified information,  mathematician,  blackboard,  genius,  picnic,  applause,  library,  marriage proposal,  no opening credits,  woman,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

Remember The Titans (2000)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Remember The Titans (2000)

Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations. One Black and one White high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the Black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism
Locations:school
Story:virginia,  ends with biographical notes,  race relations,  protest,  based on true story,  african american

The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

The Imitation Game (2014)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. This is why The Imitation Game (2014) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:school
Story:genius,  security clearance,  classified information,  mathematician,  ends with biographical notes,  engagement ring,  sexism,  confrontation,  what happened to epilogue,  fired from the job,  marriage proposal,  woman,  computer,  police officer,  based on true story

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Secretary (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:school
Story:woman crying,  pearl necklace,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  fired from the job,  library,  marriage proposal,  coffee,  toilet,  woman,  husband wife relationship

Hairspray (2007) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:school
Period:1960s
Story:blackboard,  race relations,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  protest,  no opening credits,  police car,  classroom,  running,  police officer,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

Woman In Gold (2015)
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.

Locations:courtroom
Story:crying woman,  what happened to epilogue,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  protest,  judge,  woman,  running,  computer,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

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Glory Road (2006)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Glory Road (2006)

In 1965, the coach of the high school girl basketball team Don Haskins is invited by the Texas Western Miners to be their coach. Despite the lack of budget, Haskins sees the chance to dispute the NCAA and moves with his wife and children to the college dormitory. He recruits seven talented and rejected black players to play with five Caucasian players and formed a legendary team that won the 1966 national championship against the powerful Kentucky. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:school
Period:1960s
Story:ends with historical notes,  ends with biographical notes,  race relations,  what happened to epilogue,  court,  single mother,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. This is why I Am Sam (2001) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  school
Characters:daughter
Story:court,  coffee,  judge,  woman,  single mother,  classroom,  running,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Drama

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer drive. Her son insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant a black man. She resists any change in her life but, Hoke, the driver is hired by her son. She refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, but Hoke slowly wins her over with his native good graces. The movie is directly taken from a stage play and does show it. It covers over twenty years of the pair's life together as they slowly build a relationship that transcends their differences. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:church
Period:1960s
Story:woman with glasses,  widow,  segregation,  race relations,  african american

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Steel Magnolias (1989)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Steel Magnolias (1989)

Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. As the picture opens, we find Drum Eatenton shooting birds in the trees of his back yard in preparation for his daughter's wedding reception that afternoon. Shortly thereafter, M'Lynn and Shelby (Drum's wife and daughter) depart for Truvy's to get their hair done for the wedding. "Just the sweetest thing," Annelle Depuy Desoto (who may or may not be married because her marriage may not be legal) is introduced to Truvy's customers as her new "glamour technician." While in the chairs, the sour-tempered Ouiser Boudreaux shows up and entertains the assemblage with her barbs. It seems that the only one of the group who truly understands Ouiser is Clairee who is recently widowed and looking for a diversion. As she says, later in the picture, "If you can't find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me." Filled with humor and heartbreak, these "Steel Magnolias" make us laugh and cry as the realities of their lives in tiny Chiquapin Parish unfolds. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:church
Characters:daughter
Story:woman with glasses,  friendship between women,  female bonding,  mother daughter relationship,  widow,  woman

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church
Period:1960s
Story:what happened to epilogue,  heavy rain,  mother daughter relationship,  marriage proposal,  judge,  toilet,  police car,  classroom,  police officer,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

The Box (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

The Box (2009)

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Story:langley virginia,  wind tunnel,  classified information,  virginia,  nasa,  press conference,  mother daughter relationship,  library,  no opening credits,  police officer,  husband wife relationship

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Antitrust (2001) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Antitrust (2001)

This movie is the fictional story of computer programming genius Milo Hoffman after graduating from Stanford and getting out into the competitive world of computer software. In his contemplation of where to begin his career, he is contacted by Gary Winston whose character is loosely based on Bill Gates. Winston is the CEO of a company called NURV, and they are on the brink of completing the global communication's system, Synapse. They need Hoffman to help them meet their launch date, so after much thought and with the full support of his girlfriend Alice, he accepts the job. Tragedy soon after strikes and Milo becomes suspicious of the company he has been wrapped up in. He learns that trusting anyone could be a mistake, and that nothing is as it seems. This is why Antitrust (2001) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016). (Read More)

Story:genius,  computer programming,  computer room,  computer programmer,  computer,  press conference,  heavy rain

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church
Story:job promotion,  heavy rain,  court,  judge,  toilet,  widow,  woman,  bathroom,  computer,  african american,  husband wife relationship

Selma (2014)
Biography, Drama, History

Selma (2014)

The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:church
Period:1960s
Story:black history,  race relations,  protest,  no opening credits,  based on true story,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

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Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  wedding
Locations:school
Story:female sitting on a toilet,  crying woman,  engagement ring,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  marriage proposal,  woman,  classroom,  bathroom,  husband wife relationship

Apollo 13 (1995) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Adventure, Drama, History

Apollo 13 (1995)

Based on the true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. Astronauts Lovell, Haise and Swigert were scheduled to fly Apollo 14, but are moved up to 13. It's 1970, and The US has already achieved their lunar landing goal, so there's little interest in this "routine" flight.. until that is, things go very wrong, and prospects of a safe return fade. (Read More)

Period:1960s
Story:space program,  math,  blackboard,  rocket,  nasa,  astronaut,  press conference,  what happened to epilogue,  mother daughter relationship,  computer,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

The Whistleblower (2010)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Whistleblower (2010)

Inspired by true events, Kathy (Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. This is why The Whistleblower (2010) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016). (Read More)

Characters:daughter
Story:crying woman,  police officer,  ends with historical notes,  ends with biographical notes,  sexism,  mother daughter relationship,  based on true story,  f rated

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Crash (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Crash (2004)

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female and the other black male, the latter who is dealing with a drugged out mother that feels he isn't concerned enough about taking care of family; an East Asian man who is run over but who is hiding some valuable cargo in the back of his van; a Persian store owner, who feels he isn't getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again; and a Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his young daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism
Characters:daughter
Story:confrontation,  press conference,  race relations,  mother daughter relationship,  toilet,  woman,  police car,  bathroom,  police officer,  african american,  husband wife relationship

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. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Characters:daughter
Story:breakdown,  sledgehammer,  shouting,  heavy rain,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Europa Report (2013) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Europa Report (2013)

Europa, Jupiter's moon is known to have potential to support life. Hence a manned mission is sent to Europa to search for data proving existence of life there. "Europa report" shows the difficult choices and sacrifices the crew has to make to fulfill their objective of sending valuable data to Earth for research. (Read More)

Story:rocket launching,  crying woman,  report,  astronaut,  press conference,  no opening credits

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Erin Brockovich (2000)
Biography, Drama

Erin Brockovich (2000)

'Erin Brockovich-Ellis' (qv) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her law firm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Story:sexism,  picnic,  mother daughter relationship,  court,  fired from the job,  judge,  woman,  single mother,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

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. This is why Cake (2014) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016). (Read More)

Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  shouting,  confrontation,  mother daughter relationship,  woman,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  wedding
Locations:school
Story:friendship between women,  female bonding,  engagement ring,  mother daughter relationship,  fired from the job,  library,  marriage proposal,  coffee,  woman,  classroom,  f rated

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Men Of Honor (2000) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Biography, Drama

Men Of Honor (2000)

The story ultimately revolves around two "men of honor"; their relationship, their individual and joint failures and triumphs. Carl Brashear is determined to be the first African American Navy Diver in a time where racism is rife. Leslie Sunday is his embittered trainer, determined to see him fail. Fate, challenges and circumstances eventually draw these two men together in a tale of turbulence and ultimately triumph. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  prejudice
Locations:courtroom
Story:determination,  race relations,  based on true story,  african american

Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Period:1960s
Story:reference to martin luther king jr.,  friendship between women,  press conference,  race relations,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  fired from the job,  no opening credits,  woman,  single mother,  african american,  husband wife relationship

Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:church,  school
Characters:daughter
Story:mother daughter relationship,  widow,  woman,  single mother,  classroom,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

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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. This is why The Butler (2013) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism
Period:1960s
Story:black history,  year 1961,  reference to martin luther king jr.,  segregation,  archival footage,  race relations,  protest,  no opening credits,  woman,  based on true story,  african american

Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism,  wedding
Characters:daughter
Story:segregation,  sexism,  race relations,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  marriage proposal,  coffee,  judge,  running,  african american,  husband wife relationship

Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Dolores Claiborne works as a maid for a wealthy woman in remote Maine. When she is indicted for the elderly woman's murder, Dolores' daughter Selena returns from New York, where she has become a big-shot reporter. In the course of working out the details of what has happened, as well as some shady questions from the past and Selena's troubled childhood, many difficult truths are revealed about their family's domestic strife. This is cleverly portrayed with present reality shot in cool blue tones blending seamlessly into flashbacks shot in vivid color. As small town justice relentlessly grinds forward, surprises lie in store for the viewers.... (Read More)

Characters:daughter
Story:woman wearing glasses,  mother daughter relationship,  judge,  woman,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

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Becoming Jane (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Becoming Jane (2007)

The year is 1795 and young Jane Austen is a feisty 20-year-old and emerging writer who already sees a world beyond class and commerce, beyond pride and prejudice, and dreams of doing what was then nearly unthinkable - marrying for love. Naturally, her parents are searching for a wealthy, well-appointed husband to assure their daughter's future social standing. They are eyeing Mr. Wisley, nephew to the very formidable, not to mention very rich, local aristocrat Lady Gresham, as a prospective match. But when Jane meets the roguish and decidedly non-aristocratic Tom Lefroy, sparks soon fly along with the sharp repartee. His intellect and arrogance raise her ire - then knock her head over heels. Now, the couple, whose flirtation flies in the face of the sense and sensibility of the age, is faced with a terrible dilemma. If they attempt to marry, they will risk everything that matters - family, friends and fortune. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  wedding
Locations:courtroom,  church
Characters:daughter
Story:mother daughter relationship,  court,  library,  marriage proposal,  judge,  woman,  husband wife relationship

Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:courtroom
Period:1960s
Story:court,  judge,  ends with biographical notes,  archival footage,  what happened to epilogue,  heavy rain,  mother daughter relationship,  glasses,  no opening credits,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. This is why An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016). (Read More)

Locations:school
Period:1960s
Story:woman with glasses,  year 1961,  engagement ring,  first kiss,  heavy rain,  mother daughter relationship,  marriage proposal,  classroom,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
Biography, Drama

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

In the 1910s, Srinivasa Ramanujan is a man of boundless intelligence that even the abject poverty of his home in Madras, India, cannot crush. Eventually, his stellar intelligence in mathematics and his boundless confidence in both attract the attention of the noted British mathematics professor, G.H. Hardy, who invites him to further develop his computations at Trinity College at Cambridge. Forced to leave his young wife, Janaki, behind, Ramanujan finds himself in a land where both his largely intuitive mathematical theories and his cultural values run headlong into both the stringent academic requirements of his school and mentor and the prejudiced realities of a Britain heading into World War One. Facing this with a family back home determined to keep him from his wife and his own declining health, Ramanujan joins with Hardy in a mutual struggle that would define Ramanujan as one of India's greatest modern scholars who broke more than one barrier in his worlds. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:school
Story:ends with historical notes,  chalkboard,  mathematician,  ends with biographical notes,  what happened to epilogue,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

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,  wedding
Locations:church
Characters:sexist
Story:friendship between women,  sexism,  race relations,  woman,  african american

Miss Sloane (2016)
Drama, Thriller

Miss Sloane (2016)

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Story:female friendship,  shouting,  confrontation,  fired from the job,  woman,  bathroom,  f rated

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The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church,  school
Period:1960s
Story:job promotion,  mother daughter relationship,  court,  protest,  library,  judge,  woman,  classroom

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

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Story:woman crying,  crying woman,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  fired from the job,  coffee,  bathroom,  running,  computer

Striptease (1996)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Striptease (1996)

Erin Grant loses care and custody of her daughter when she's divorced from her husband Darrell, a small-time thief. Struggling for money, she is a dancer at a nightclub, where one night Congressman Dilbeck (in disguise) attacks another member of the audience. A spectator, who recognizes Dilbeck and is fond of Erin, offers to get back her daughter by blackmailing Dilbeck. Things do not work out as planned, though. (Read More)

Characters:daughter
Story:press conference,  heavy rain,  mother daughter relationship,  court,  marriage proposal,  judge,  woman,  single mother,  police officer

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Maid In Manhattan (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City, who works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity, Marisa meets Christopher Marshall, a handsome heir to a political dynasty, who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed, the two find that they are worlds apart, even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Story:nervous,  confrontation,  press conference,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  fired from the job,  woman,  single mother

Jersey Girl (2004) is one of the best movies like Hidden Figures (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jersey Girl (2004)

Ollie Trinkie is a publicist, who has a great girlfriend, Gertrude, whom he marries and they are expecting a baby but while he is looking forward to being a father, he doesn't lighten his workload. Gertrude gives birth but dies in the process. Ollie doesn't live up to his responsibilities as a father. Eventually the strain and pressure of losing his wife and being a father gets to him and he has breakdown, which leads to his termination. So with nothing much to do he tries to be good father to his daughter, Gertie. He also meets a young woman name Maya, who likes him but he is still not over his wife. (Read More)

Characters:daughter
Story:woman with glasses,  woman,  breakdown,  press conference,  fired from the job,  toilet,  classroom,  bathroom,  husband wife relationship

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Locations:church
Story:woman with glasses,  blackboard,  applause,  mother daughter relationship,  toilet,  woman,  police car,  classroom,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

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