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11 Movies like The Help (2011)7 min read


Skeeter is an aspiring author who has just moved to New York City with her young daughter and their housemaid Abileen to pursue her writing career. As she visits friends in Atlanta, she’s surprised to learn that many have housekeepers too – yet those women are invisible as well as silent behind closed doors. She soon realizes that there is no such thing as “just” a maid: these women aren’t nameless faces in uniform; they’re mothers and grandmothers who share America’s history by simply doing what needs to be done to keep families together.

If you loved the characters in “The Help” and their strong friendships, you’ll definitely enjoy these movies about friendship, sisterhood, and women coming together to overcome hardship. If you enjoyed seeing how women overcame racism at the time, try watching these movies that also explore social issues.

Here are some Movies like The Help:

1. Heavens Fall (2006)

Heavens Fall (2006) is an American Independent drama film based on the true story of three black teenagers living in Jim Crow-era Alabama who were falsely accused of raping two white women. The men are sentenced to death by an all-white, male jury even though there’s no evidence proving them guilty; they’re eventually freed after the real culprit confesses. This movie stars rapper Mos Def, Jeffrey Wright, and is directed by Tim Disney.

2. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) is a drama film about a white couple whose youngest daughter brings home her black fiance for dinner, which turns into a potentially explosive dinner party. This iconic film is about how everyone’s views are challenged when confronted with new ideas, which makes it very relevent even today.

3. Malcolm X (1992)

Malcolm X (1992) is a biographical drama about the African-American Muslim minister who devoted his life to fighting for civil rights. He’s assassinated in New York in 1965 after splitting from the Nation of Islam over political and tactical disagreements to start his own movement. This movie stars Denzel Washington, Angela Basset and is directed by Spike Lee

5. The Butler (2013)

The Butler (2013) is a drama about the White House butler who served eight presidents over three decades, witnessing many landmark events of the 20th Century in America during his tenure. This movie stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey and also touches on the importance of family, friendship, and love.

6. Rosewood (1997)

Rosewood (1997) is a drama film based on the true story of a small, predominantly black town in central Florida that was wiped out by a white mob after a false accusation: one family and an entire community destroyed for no reason other than baseless fear. This award-winning movie stars Don Cheadle and Jon Voight; it’s directed by John Singleton.

7. I’m Not There. (2007)

I’m Not There. (2007) is a biographical drama about the life of Bob Dylan, whose public image has been associated with protest, folk music, rock and roll, and famously – controversy. This movie stars Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger.

8. St. Vincent (2014)

St. Vincent (2014) is a comedy-drama about a curmudgeonly old man who finds himself becoming the caretaker to the son of his estranged, young single neighbor; together they learn how to get along and form a bond across generational lines. This movie stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts; it’s directed by Theodore Melfi.

9. Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016) is based on the untold story of a team of African-American women mathematician who served a vital role in NASA during the Apollo 11 space mission. This movie stars Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monáe; it’s directed by Theodore Melfi.

10. Free State of Jones (2016)

Free State of Jones (2016) is a drama based on the life of Newton Knight, a poor white farmer from Mississippi who leads an uprising against the Confederacy in the American Civil War. This movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali; it’s directed by Gary Ross.

11. Selma (2014)

Selma (2014) is a biographical drama about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role in the civil rights movement culminating in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 to secure equal voting rights. This prominent movie stars David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo; it’s directed by Ava DuVernay.

The movies listed in this article are classics that have stood the test of time, but it’s likely none will be as popular or relevant 100 years from now. That said, these films offer timeless lessons on human relationships and how to get along with others – no matter their race, gender, or age. It may even inspire you to take a closer look at your own life to see if there are any areas where you could improve personal connections by being more understanding or empathetic towards someone else’s point of view.

The key takeaway here is empathy: not just for other humans but also for other points of view so we can better understand each other’s ideas and experiences without making assumptions about them based on what they believe or who they are or what they look like. In short, these movies will help you to be a better friend and neighbor in the long term.

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