20 Movies Like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

1 Papillon (2017) ★ 7.2

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Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter, Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.

2 The Help (2011) ★ 8.1

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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

3 Good Will Hunting (1997) ★ 8.3

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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

4 The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) ★ 8.0

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Chris Gardner is a single father. Raising a five-year-old son, Chris struggles to make sure the child grows up happy. Working as a salesman, he cannot pay his rent and they are evicted.

Finding himself on the street, but unwilling to give up, the father takes a job as an intern at a brokerage company, expecting to get a professional position. Only during the internship he will not receive any money, and the internship lasts 6 months...

5 The Color Purple (1985) ★ 7.7

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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

6 Sling Blade (1996) ★ 8.0

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Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

7 Schindler's List (1993) ★ 9.0

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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

8 Inception (2010) ★ 8.8

Cobb is a talented thief, the best of the best in the dangerous art of extraction: he steals valuable secrets from the depths of the subconscious during sleep, when the human mind is most vulnerable. Cobb's rare abilities have made him a valuable player in the treacherous world of industrial espionage, but they have also turned him into an eternal fugitive and robbed him of everything he has ever loved.

And now Cobb gets a chance to right his wrongs. His latest case can bring it all back, but to do so, he needs to do the impossible: initiation. Instead of a perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists will have to pull off the opposite. Now their job is not to steal the idea, but to implement it. If they succeed, it will be the perfect crime.

9 The Truman Show (1998) ★ 8.2

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

10 The Irishman (2019) ★ 7.8

Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, maintaining connections with the Bufalino crime family. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62.

11 The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008) ★ 7.8

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with consequences.

12 Catch Me If You Can (2002) ★ 8.1

Barely 21 yet, Frank is a skilled forger who has passed as a doctor, lawyer and pilot. FBI agent Carl becomes obsessed with tracking down the con man, who only revels in the pursuit.

13 A Beautiful Mind (2001) ★ 8.2

From world fame to sinful depths, John Forbes Nash, Jr. A mathematical genius, at the dawn of his career he did titanic work in game theory that turned that branch of mathematics upside down and practically brought him international fame.

However, literally at the same time, the arrogant and successful with women Nash receives a stroke of fate that turns his own life upside down.

14 Forrest Gump (1994) ★ 8.8

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and other historical events unfold from the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

15 The Spitfire Grill (1996) ★ 7.0

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Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist) headlines this critically praised drama about a young woman, just out of prison, who finds spiritual redemption working at a cafe in Maine.

16 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) ★ 8.7

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A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

17 American History X (1998) ★ 8.5

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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

18 Scent of a Woman (1992) ★ 8.0

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A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.

19 Into the Wild (2007) ★ 8.1

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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.

20 The Green Mile (1999) ★ 8.6

Is The Green Mile (1999) similar to The Shawshank Redemption (1994) film?

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

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