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The Help (2011)
Drama

The Help (2011)

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly -- and unwillingly -- caught up in the changing times. (Read More)

Themes:exploitation,  racism,  friendship
Characters:writer,  pregnant,  maid,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:jackson mississippi,  mississippi,  pregnant woman,  chocolate pie,  pregnant wife,  black maid,  christian woman,  blonde woman,  aspiring writer,  female writer,  university education,  trying to fit in,  eating feces,  human feces,  rich parents,  reference to the book of exodus,  class divide,  adult living with parents,  dying from cancer,  racial hatred,  moral courage,  newspaper columnist,  high class,  writing a novel,  ressentiment,  writing a book,  authoress,  first job,  southern belle,  baptist church,  emotional manipulation,  standing ovation,  charity event,  reference to martin luther king jr.,  social outcast,  racial segregation,  year 1963,  reference to moses,  racial issues,  trophy wife,  civil rights movement,  expectant mother,  baking,  bechdel test passed,  retribution,  racial tension,  pie,  southern u.s.,  intimidation,  miscarriage,  title at the end,  title appears in writing,  ensemble cast,  interracial friendship,  civil rights,  strong female lead,  aging,  race relations,  strong female character,  power,  fired from the job,  toilet,  woman,  bus,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss

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,  friendship
Characters:friend
Period:1960s
Story:racial segregation,  civil rights movement,  bechdel test passed,  racial tension,  civil rights,  race relations,  title spoken by character,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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,  friendship
Period:1960s
Story:southern belle,  racial issues,  interracial friendship,  civil rights,  strong female lead,  race relations,  strong female character,  female protagonist,  african american

Mississippi Burning (1988)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his former Sheriff partner.

Themes:racism
Period:1960s
Story:civil rights,  racial hatred,  racial segregation,  civil rights movement,  mississippi,  racial tension,  southern u.s.,  race relations,  african american

What To Expect When You're Expecting (2012) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

What To Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

Five couples' intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don't stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who's expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn't so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a "dudes" support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco's surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date? (Read More)

Characters:pregnant
Story:pregnant woman,  pregnant wife,  trophy wife,  expectant mother,  miscarriage,  pregnancy,  f rated

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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.... This is why Dolores Claiborne (1995) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Characters:maid,  writer
Story:strong female lead,  strong female character,  woman,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  based on novel,  f rated

42 (2013)
Biography, Drama, Sport

42 (2013)

In 1946, Jackie Robinson is a Negro League baseball player who never takes racism lying down. Branch Rickey is a Major League team executive with a bold idea. To that end, Rickey recruits Robinson to break the unspoken color line as the first modern African American Major League player. As both anticipate, this proves a major challenge for Robinson and his family as they endure unrelenting racist hostility on and off the field, from player and fan alike. As Jackie struggles against his nature to endure such abuse without complaint, he finds allies and hope where he least expects it. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Story:pregnant woman,  racial segregation,  civil rights movement,  civil rights,  race relations,  african american,  husband wife relationship

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. (Read More)

Themes:exploitation,  racism
Period:1960s
Story:year 1963,  racial issues,  civil rights movement,  civil rights,  race relations,  fired from the job,  bus,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  kiss

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Children Of Men (2006) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Characters:pregnant
Story:pregnant woman,  woman,  expectant mother,  miscarriage,  title at the end,  aging,  bus,  pregnancy,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  kiss

The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
Drama, History

The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked off their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his uncle's farm and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life - Hopefully.

Characters:pregnant
Story:pregnant woman,  pregnant wife,  expectant mother,  woman,  pregnancy,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

I Origins (2014)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

I Origins (2014)

I Origins begins when graduate student, Ian Gray, is researching the evolution of human eyes with Karen and Kenny, in order to prove that eyes have evolved instead of "appeared" as creationists claim. His fascination with eyes takes him into areas that have profound personal and cultural consequences. This is why I Origins (2014) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Characters:pregnant
Story:pregnant woman,  pregnant wife,  interracial friendship,  bus,  pregnancy,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  two word title

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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992)
Drama, Thriller

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992)

Peyton Flanders ('Rebecca De Mornay' (qv)) seemed to be the perfect nanny, but secretly she was out to wreck the lives of the family she was supposed to be helping. Before becoming the nanny, Peyton had a miscarriage due to the stress caused by the death of her husband, Dr. Victor Mott ('John de Lancie' (qv)), and blamed it on Claire (the mother, played by 'Annabella Sciorra' (qv)),. Claire suspects nothing, having never met Peyton before. (Read More)

Characters:pregnant
Story:miscarriage,  pregnant woman,  pregnant wife,  woman,  expectant mother,  fired from the job,  pregnancy

Malcolm X (1992) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Period:1960s
Story:racial segregation,  civil rights movement,  racial tension,  civil rights,  race relations,  title spoken by character,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  two word title

Waitress (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Waitress (2007)

Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, listens to old Joe's wisdom, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with Dawn and Becky (her fellow waitresses), and finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. As the pregnancy advances, life with Earl seems less tolerable, a way out less clear, and the affair with the doctor complicated by his marriage. What options does a waitress have? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant,  friend
Story:pie,  chocolate pie,  pregnancy,  baking,  bus,  female protagonist,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  kiss

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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Drama

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:southern u.s.,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  woman,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  african american,  based on novel

Sophie's Choice (1982)
Drama, Romance

Sophie's Choice (1982)

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions. This is why Sophie's Choice (1982) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Themes:racism
Characters:writer
Story:blonde woman,  aspiring writer,  woman,  two word title,  based on novel,  kiss

In The Heat Of The Night (1967) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In The Heat Of The Night (1967)

Detective Virgil Tibbs is caught up in the racial tension of the US South when he is arrested after the murder of a prominent businessman. Tibbs was simply waiting for his next train at the station in Sparta, Mississippi and the confusion is soon resolved but when local police chief Gillespie learns that Tibbs is the Philadelphia PD's number one homicide expert, he reluctantly asks for his assistance. The murdered man, Mr. Colbert, had come to Sparta from the North to build a new factory and his wife and business associates immediately point the finger at Endicott, the most powerful man in the county and the one who had the most to lose if a major new employer comes to the area. Tibbs' life is clearly in danger but he perseveres in a highly charged and racially explosive environment until the killer is found. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  friendship
Story:mississippi,  racial issues,  racial tension,  southern u.s.,  race relations,  pregnancy,  african american,  based on novel

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Hairspray (2007)
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,  friendship
Characters:friend
Period:1960s
Story:racial segregation,  racial tension,  civil rights,  race relations,  bus,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  kiss

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)
Crime, Drama

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with sixty-two pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned. (Read More)

Characters:pregnant,  maid
Story:strong female lead,  strong female character,  toilet,  bus,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  mother daughter relationship

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
Comedy, Drama

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)

After a period of vacation in Hawaii, Joanna "Joey" Drayton returns to her parents' home in San Francisco bringing her fiance, the high-qualified Dr. John Prentice, to introduce him to her mother Christina Drayton that owns an art gallery and her father Matt Drayton that is the publisher editor of the newspaper The Guardian. Joey was raised with a liberal education and intends to get married with Dr. John Prentice that is a black widower and needs to fly on that night to Geneva to work with the World Health Organization. Joey invites John's parents Mr. Prentice and Mrs. Prentice to have dinner with her family and the couple flies from Los Angeles to San Francisco without knowing that Joey is white. Christina invites also the liberal Monsignor Ryan, who is friend of her family. Along the day and night, the families discuss the problems of their son and daughter. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Characters:maid,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:racial issues,  race relations,  fired from the job,  woman,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

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Hidden Figures (2016) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
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. This is why Hidden Figures (2016) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Themes:racism
Period:1960s
Story:reference to martin luther king jr.,  race relations,  fired from the job,  toilet,  woman,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated

End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

End Of Watch (2012)

In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant,  friend
Story:pregnant wife,  interracial friendship,  power,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  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:racism
Story:civil rights movement,  racial tension,  southern u.s.,  civil rights,  race relations,  strong female character,  title spoken by character,  african american,  kiss

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The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:friendship
Characters:writer,  friend
Story:pregnant wife,  aspiring writer,  woman,  pregnancy,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  kiss

Steel Magnolias (1989) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
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:friendship
Story:pregnant wife,  southern belle,  expectant mother,  bechdel test passed,  southern u.s.,  woman,  pregnancy,  mother daughter relationship

Apocalypto (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Apocalypto (2006)

In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later he has to fight to survive and save his beloved family. This is why Apocalypto (2006) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Characters:pregnant
Story:pregnant wife,  pregnant woman,  power,  woman,  pregnancy,  mother daughter 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
Period:1960s
Story:civil rights movement,  racial tension,  civil rights,  race relations,  bus,  husband wife relationship,  two word title

Juno (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant,  friend
Story:bechdel test passed,  title appears in writing,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  pregnancy,  toilet,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  kiss

The Hours (2002) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Drama, Romance

The Hours (2002)

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant,  maid,  writer,  friend
Story:bechdel test passed,  woman,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  two word title,  f rated,  kiss

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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,  friendship
Characters:pregnant
Story:racial tension,  race relations,  woman,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  african american,  based on novel

Narc (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Narc (2002)

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? This is why Narc (2002) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Characters:pregnant,  friend
Story:pregnant woman,  intimidation,  woman,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship

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
Period:1960s
Story:civil rights,  reference to martin luther king jr.,  civil rights movement,  racial tension,  race relations,  woman,  african american,  two word title

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Under The Tuscan Sun (2003) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)

Frances Mayes is a San Francisco-based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes an unexpected turn when her husband files for divorce. He wants to marry the woman with whom he is having an affair. Frances supported her husband financially as he was writing his own book, and he sues her for alimony despite her financial difficulties. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, Frances, while in Tuscany, impulsively ditches the tour to purchase an aged villa, which ends up being a fixer-upper. Frances has many obstacles in eking out a productive and happy life in her new surroundings, that happy life which she hopes will eventually include rediscovering romantic love. In a discussion with sympathetic real estate agent Signor Martini, Frances outlines what emotionally she wants to accomplish with the villa, despite none of those items in a substantive material sense currently being in her life. In response, Martini tells her the story of a set of railroad tracks that were laid between Vienna and Venice before an engine that could make the trek being built, a train which now regularly travels the route. The question becomes whether Frances, in going through the process, will be laying another Vienna to Venice track, and if so whether that end product emotionally will be exactly as she envisions. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant,  writer,  friend
Story:toilet,  woman,  bus,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss

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:friendship
Characters:friend
Period:1960s
Story:reference to martin luther king jr.,  race relations,  fired from the job,  woman,  bus,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss

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:friendship
Characters:maid
Story:southern belle,  expectant mother,  southern u.s.,  miscarriage,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  woman,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss

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The Gift (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Gift (2015)

Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? This is why The Gift (2015) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant,  friend
Story:pregnant woman,  miscarriage,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  husband wife relationship,  two word title

En Man Som Heter Ove (2015) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Comedy, Drama

En Man Som Heter Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant
Story:pregnant woman,  bus,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

Labor Day (2013)
Drama, Romance

Labor Day (2013)

A depressed mother's husband has left her for she could not bear a second child. Living alone with her only son, she has an unlikely meeting with an injured escaped convict, and reluctantly takes him into her own care. The man proves to be better than his criminal image as the three bond over Labor Day weekend. The only problem? Everyone in town is looking for him. (Read More)

Characters:pregnant
Story:pregnant woman,  pie,  miscarriage,  pregnancy,  based on novel

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A Dangerous Method (2011)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

A Dangerous Method (2011)

Suffering from hysteria, Sabina Spielrein is hospitalized under the care of Dr. Carl Jung who has begun using Dr. Sigmund Freud's talking cure with some of his patients. Spielrain's psychological problems are deeply rooted in her childhood and violent father. She is highly intelligent however and hopes to be a doctor, eventually becoming a psychiatrist in her own right. The married Jung and Spielrein eventually become lovers. Jung and Freud develop an almost father-son relationship with Freud seeing the young Jung as his likely successor as the standard-bearer of his beliefs. A deep rift develops between them when Jung diverges from Freud's belief that while psychoanalysis can reveal the cause of psychological problems it cannot cure the patient. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:pregnant woman,  pregnant wife,  woman,  bechdel test passed,  pregnancy,  husband wife relationship,  kiss

American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:racial hatred,  racial issues,  racial tension,  title appears in writing,  interracial friendship,  race relations,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship

G.i. Jane (1997) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Action, Drama, War

G.i. Jane (1997)

When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong. This is why G.i. Jane (1997) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Story:title at the end,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  power,  woman,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character

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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Comedy, Drama

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

In New York, the simple and naive just-graduated in journalism Andrea Sachs is hired to work as the second assistant of the powerful and sophisticated Miranda Priestly, the ruthless and merciless executive of the Runway fashion magazine. Andrea dreams to become a journalist and faces the opportunity as a temporary professional challenge. The first assistant Emily advises Andrea about the behavior and preferences of their cruel boss, and the stylist Nigel helps Andrea to dress more adequately for the environment. Andrea changes her attitude and behavior, affecting her private life and the relationship with her boyfriend Nate, her family and friends. In the end, Andrea learns that life is made of choices. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:writer,  friend
Story:female writer,  woman,  first job,  bechdel test passed,  strong female character,  fired from the job,  female protagonist,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)
Drama

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant,  writer,  friend
Story:woman,  female protagonist,  pregnancy,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  kiss

Men Of Honor (2000)
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
Story:racial segregation,  racial tension,  civil rights,  race relations,  african american

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The Paperboy (2012) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Drama, Thriller

The Paperboy (2012)

Eldest son Ward Jansen is a star reporter for a Miami newspaper and has returned home with close friend Yardley to investigate a racial murder case. Younger brother Jack Jansen has returned home after a failed stint at university as a star swimmer. To help give his life some direction, Ward gives Jack a job on their investigation as their driver. But into the mix comes the fiancee of the imprisoned convict who stirs up confusing feelings of love and lust for the young Jack. Meanwhile, Ward and Yardley's investigation stirs up deep-rooted issues of race and acceptance which could cause serious consequences for everyone involved. (Read More)

Characters:maid,  writer,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:black maid,  aspiring writer,  racial tension,  civil rights,  woman,  two word title,  based on novel

Glory (1989)
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. This is why Glory (1989) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:racial tension,  intimidation,  interracial friendship,  race relations,  african american

Whip It (2009)
Drama, Sport

Whip It (2009)

In a town near Austin, Bliss Cavendar's strong-willed mom believes Bliss, at 17, can win pageants - the key to a happy life. Bliss isn't the beauty pageant type: she's shy, quiet, and has just one friend, Pash, her fellow waitress at a diner. Things change for Bliss when she discovers a women's roller derby league in Austin, tries out, proves to be whip fast, and makes a team. Now she needs to become someone tough on the rink, keep her parents from finding out where she goes twice a week, and do something about a first crush, on a musician she meets at the derby. Meanwhile, mom still sees Bliss as Miss Bluebonnet. Things are on a collision course; will everyone get banged up? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:bechdel test passed,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  woman,  bus,  female protagonist,  mother daughter relationship,  two word title,  based on novel,  f rated

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Bobby (2006)
Biography, Drama, History

Bobby (2006)

Tuesday, June 4, 1968: the California presidential primary. As day breaks 'Robert F. Kennedy' (qv) arrives at the Ambassador Hotel; he'll campaign, then speak to supporters at midnight. To capture the texture of the late 1960s, we see vignettes at the hotel: a couple marries so he can avoid Vietnam, kitchen staff discuss race and baseball, a man cheats on his wife, another is fired for racism, a retired hotel doorman plays chess in the lobby with an old friend, a campaign strategist's wife needs a pair of black shoes, two campaign staff trip on LSD, a lounge singer is on the downhill slide. Through it all, we see and hear RFK calling for a better society and a better nation. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Characters:friend
Period:1960s
Story:racial tension,  interracial friendship,  race relations,  fired from the job,  husband wife relationship

Race (2016) is one of the best movies like The Help (2011)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Race (2016)

In the 1930s, Jesse Owens is a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. Going to Ohio State to train under its track and field coach, Larry Snyder, the young African American athlete quickly impresses with his tremendous potential that suggests Olympic material. However, as Owens struggles both with the obligations of his life and the virulent racism against him, the question of whether America would compete at all at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is being debated vigorously. When the American envoy finds a compromise persuasive with the Third Reich to avert a boycott, Owens has his own moral struggle about going. Upon resolving that issue, Owens and his coach travel to Berlin to participate in a competition that would mark Owens as the greatest of America's Olympians even as the German film director, Leni Riefenstahl, locks horns with her country's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, to film the politically embarrassing fact for posterity. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Story:racial segregation,  racial tension,  race relations,  african american

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Drama

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Blanche DuBois, a high school English teacher with an aristocratic background from Auriol, Mississippi, decides to move to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans after creditors take over the family property, Belle Reve. Blanche has also decided to take a break from teaching as she states the situation has frayed her nerves. Knowing nothing about Stanley or the Kowalskis' lives, Blanche is shocked to find that they live in a cramped and run down ground floor apartment - which she proceeds to beautify by putting shades over the open light bulbs to soften the lighting - and that Stanley is not the gentleman that she is used to in men. As such, Blanche and Stanley have an antagonistic relationship from the start. Blanche finds that Stanley's hyper-masculinity, which often displays itself in physical outbursts, is common, coarse and vulgar, being common which in turn is what attracted Stella to him. Beyond finding Blanche's delicate hoidy-toidy act as putting on airs, Stanley, a plant worker, believes she may really have sold Belle Reve and is withholding Stella's fair share of the proceeds from them. What further affects the relationship between the three is that Stella is in the early stage of pregnancy with her and Stanley's first child. Soon after her arrival at the Kowalskis, Blanche starts to date Mitch, one of Stanley's friends and coworkers who is a little softer around the edges than most of Stanley's friends. Mitch does not hide the fact that he is looking in general to get married because of a personal issue, he wanting Blanche ultimately to be his wife. Mitch is somewhat unaware that Blanche has somewhat controlled their courtship to put herself in the best possible light, both figuratively and literally. But in Stanley's quest to find out the truth about Belle Reve and Blanche's life in Auriol, the interrelationships between Stanley, Blanche, Stella and Mitch may be irrevocably affected, with any revelation about that life which may further destroy what's left of Blanche's already damaged mental state. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:pregnant
Story:mississippi,  pregnant wife,  woman,  southern belle,  expectant mother,  aging,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship

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