Captivating True Life Film Dramas for Humanityby Breumaster | created - 04 May 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
Everybody knows about the big empathic blockbusters like Schindler's List (1993) or A Beautiful Mind (2001). Which of these movies that are also humanitarian are you most interested in? (If you have seen all of them, please vote for the one you think is the best.) Discuss here.
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1. Philomena (2013)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Votes: 93,496 | Gross: $37.71M
A reporter helps an old woman searching for her son decades later after they were separated by a state-run facility days after birth
2. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
G | 93 min | Drama, Family
A college professor bonds with an abandoned dog he takes into his home.
The life of a man and his dog and the dog's everlasting love to the man
3. Race (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.
Votes: 34,427 | Gross: $19.10M
Jesse Owens, a black athlete, overcomes repressing fears, bureaucratic & social hurdles at the German Olympics in Berlin 1936
4. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.
Votes: 26,290 | Gross: $0.68M
The last days of the most known German antifascist underground organization 'Die Weisse Rose', which was brought down in an unfair lawsuit
5. Desert Flower (2009)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama
Waris Dirie, born 1965 in Somalia, flees at 13 when sold as 4th wife. She's maid at the Somalian embassy in London, then McDonald's, where she's discovered and becomes int'l top model. 1997, she speaks up against female genital mutilation.
Votes: 12,358 | Gross: $0.04M
An African refugee who grew up to become a world-famous model, and used her fame to fight the scourge of female circumcision
6. The Ninth Day (2004)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller, War
A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.
Votes: 1,737 | Gross: $0.07M
A priest searches the right way through the rapids of temptation in a repressive and totalitarian Europe. A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary
7. Mountain Patrol (2004)
PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama
A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.
Votes: 4,654 | Gross: $0.14M
A team of Tibetan volunteers work to protect rare mountain antelopes from poachers
8. An American Crime (2007)
R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Two teenage girls being abused and held captive by a mentally ill woman.This movie is about showing how the girls experienced the disaster
9. In the Fade (2017)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.
Votes: 28,331 | Gross: $0.32M
A German woman who, after her husband and son are killed by neo-nazis, tries to fight for justice
10. This Boy's Life (1993)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama
The story about the relationship between a rebellious 1950s teenager and his abusive stepfather, based on the memoirs of writer and literature Professor Tobias Wolff.
Votes: 46,581 | Gross: $4.10M
A young boy fights to free himself from his brutal stepfather while facing troubles
11. My Left Foot (1989)
R | 103 min | Biography, Drama
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.
Votes: 67,118 | Gross: $14.74M
A disabled writer and painter who can only use his left foot, makes his art come to life. Christy Brown is as well known for his poetry as he is for his art
12. Land of Mine (2015)
R | 100 min | Drama, History, War
In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.
Votes: 34,760 | Gross: $0.44M
A prison officer in a Danish war camp has to guard some teenage POWs, while the will of the young men begins to crumble
13. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.
Votes: 91,744 | Gross: $11.53M
A transgender man tries to live his life normally in a hostile environment. His environment soon turns worse
14. Conviction (II) (2010)
R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
Votes: 41,950 | Gross: $6.78M
Family ties between a sister and her unjustly imprisoned brother motivates her to study law for liberating him
15. Fruitvale Station (2013)
R | 85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Votes: 74,742 | Gross: $16.10M
The movies tells how a young, black father is tragically murdered because of racism
16. The Straight Story (1999)
G | 112 min | Biography, Drama
An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.
Votes: 80,937 | Gross: $6.20M
An old man rides a lawnmower nearly 300 miles to make up with his ailing brother
17. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.
Votes: 102,620 | Gross: $5.99M
A quadriplegic writes a book through communication by using just his eyelid - suggested by Chihir0
18. The Sessions (2012)
R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.
Votes: 41,056 | Gross: $6.00M
A true story about the need of sensual experiences for a disabled person and how it could be fulfilled
19. The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)
PG | 93 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.
Votes: 6,019 | Gross: $1.74M
People in a small village help a camel mother to accept her new colt
20. The Great Debaters (2007)
PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
Votes: 55,568 | Gross: $30.23M
A debate coach teaches his students the worth of verbal dexterity in the fight against racism
21. Awakenings (1990)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama
The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.
Votes: 122,796 | Gross: $52.10M
A psychatrist tries to find out a new medicine to awake catatonic patients
22. In the Name of the Father (1993)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama
A man's coerced confession to an I.R.A. bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
Votes: 154,950 | Gross: $25.01M
An Irishman in England is wrongly imprisoned with his ailing father for decades for crimes they didn't commit
23. Bloody Sunday (2002)
R | 107 min | Drama, History, War
A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.
Votes: 23,152 | Gross: $0.77M
The Irish civil rights protest march and the subsequent massacre by British troops on 01/30/1972 - suggested by pbn
24. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback.
Votes: 27,242 | Gross: $6.17M
Three abducted aboriginal half-cast children which are fenced into a camp to be trained as domestic staff try escape to the outback - suggested by pbn
25. Into the Wild (2007)
R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Votes: 566,282 | Gross: $18.35M
After abandoning all worldly possessions and ending his relationship with his family, a young recent college graduate travels the US, ending up alone in the desolate Alaskan wilderness - suggested by yrnej
26. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, houses over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda, Africa.
Votes: 331,748 | Gross: $23.53M
A hotel manager who struggled to protect innocent civilians from both sides of revolutionary war - suggested by yrnej
27. Rescue Dawn (2006)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Votes: 100,351 | Gross: $5.49M
The story of a military pilot who crashes and is held and tortured in a prison camp before trying to escape - suggested by suggested by yrnej
28. Mississippi Burning (1988)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History
Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
Votes: 87,112 | Gross: $34.60M
Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists - suggested by suggested by yrnej
29. Silkwood (1983)
R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History
A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.
Votes: 18,109 | Gross: $35.62M
A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant - suggested by suggested by yrnej
30. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.
Votes: 51,103 | Gross: $34.70M
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians - suggested by yrnej
31. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 747,198 | Gross: $13.18M
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver - suggested by suggested by yrnej
32. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.
John Merrick is an intelligent and friendly man, but he is scornt by his Victorian-era English society because of his severely deformations. When he is discovered by a doctor, he is saved from his life in a freak show and he is treated like the human being that he really is. Suggested by MAthePa