One of the Best Picture nominees of the year, ‘Green Book’ tells the story of a refined, cultured, talented black pianist who employs a clumsy yet experienced trouble-handler as his driver and bodyguard. Based on a true story, it focuses on the relationship between Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga. Viggo Mortenson played the role of the Italian-American who is forced to set aside his mild prejudice for African-Americans in favour of a job that pays well. Shirley is a man who feels like he doesn’t belong in any society because everyone has found something in him that sets him apart from them. Their eight weeks of experience, travelling the South for Shirley’s concerts forms the subject matter of this film.
‘Green Book’ is entertaining and enjoyable, yes, controversial and not so righteous on a number of levels, but, at least, well-intentioned. Here’s the list of films similar to Green Book that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Green Book on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Marshall (2017)
Set in 1940, ‘Marshall’ is based on the case of State of Connecticut vs Joseph Spell. Spell was a black man who was arrested on the charge of raping and attempting to murder Eleanor Strubing, the wife of his employer. Spell had pleaded guilty though he had no way to prove it. His case received the attention of media and the story was all over the papers. This was how Thurgood Marshall came to know about him. Marshall was a lawyer who worked with NAACP and mainly handled the cases where the black people were convicted on false charges. Marshall became instrumental in bringing out the truth behind the story that was being propagated. Chadwick Boseman played the role of Marshall while Sterling K. Brown portrayed Joseph Spell. The film shows how the prejudice against people of colour allows everyone, including the justice system, to easily point the finger and rule a verdict on them. And how scared society makes a man who he’d rather accept life in jail than telling the whole truth to everyone.
9. Loving (2016)
Richard and Mildred Loving were an interracial couple who were forced to leave Virginia because their marriage wasn’t considered legal in the state. It was in 1958 that they got married, and because no place in Virginia would allow them to legally wed each other, they drove to Washington for this specific purpose. However, once they returned home, they were arrested by the police for breaking the law. The court deemed their marriage unacceptable and in place of serving time in jail, they were told to leave their home and find some other state to live in. For a while, the Lovings accepted their fate and tried to build a life somewhere else. However, for how long can one remain away from their home. Following the quest to have their life back as they wanted it, they resort to the justice system to prove their marriage as a constitutional bond. Starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Mildred and Richard, this film focuses on the struggles and the harassment they had to face from society.