‘Spotlight’ is an American drama revolving around the misconduct of Roman Catholic priests in Boston. A biographical movie directed by Tom McCarthy, it sheds light on the 2001 investigation carried out by The Boston Globe. ‘Spotlight’ bagged the Oscars 2016 award for best motion picture. In the movie, the Globe’s new editor, Marty Baron, played by Liev Schreiber, puts together a small unit of journalists to investigate a case of a priest who is accused of molesting over a hundred boys. The journalists, played by Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Macadams and Michael Keaton, go on a crusade to interview the victims and their families only to discover the atrocities committed were hidden by the church.
There have been numerous movies in the past that dealt with similar themes, and so we’ve decided to come up with a compilation of 12 such movies. So, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Spotlight’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Spotlight’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. The Help (2011)
While ‘Spotlight’ focuses on the societal issue of child abuse by a powerful organization, ‘The Help’ talks about the oppression of the blacks by the whites. The movie is based on a book written by Kathryn Stockett. It is set in the year 1960, in the state of Mississippi, where African-Americans were severely mistreated in white households. The protagonist, played by Emma Stone, is a freshly graduated writer who returns to her hometown, Jackson. She decides to fight for the cause of the Blacks. She makes an unprecedented move by questioning her own race of their unfair ways. She interviews black women who work at homes of the affluent white folks in the city. The movie beautifully depicts the nuances of those who suffer from the wrath of societal conditioning.
11. The Post (2017)
Similar to Spotlight’s investigative journalism, ‘The Post’ is a gripping movie which focuses on freedom of the press while simultaneously highlighting aspects of feminism. It is based on the challenging US-Vietnam war and the rising power of the government that tried to hide the truth. The Washington Post’s new owner Mrs. Graham played by the legendary actress, Meryl Streep, is given the responsibility to uphold the nation’s civil liberties. Joining hands with a determined Ben Bagdikian, assistant editor of The Post, played by Tom Hanks, they form a small rebellion and start investigating facts of the secretive Nixon government. Mrs. Graham’s role also showcases strength and maturity in a male-dominated world in spite of being constantly undermined by her male cohorts for her lack of journalistic experience. An electrifying drama and a power packed performance by Streep and Hanks, ‘The Post’ is a must watch.