Oppression movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant oppression movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, captivating, sincere, bleak and touching films and TV shows about / with oppression, society, death, storytelling, life is a bitch, politics, brutality, hopes, rebellion and violence plots mostly in Drama, History and War genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
oppression movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as oppression: No (2012), V for Vendetta (2005), Osama (2003), The Flowers of War (2011), The Nativity Story (2006), Snowpiercer (2013), Before Night Falls (2000), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Samson (2018), Red Joan (2018).

List of oppression movies

No (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Chile, France, Mexico, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition ...
Style: political, sentimental, psychological, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: campaign, oppression, fighting the system, underdog, advertising, dictatorship, politics, political conspiracy, rebellion, against the odds, advertising agency, democracy ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: chile, latin america, south america, santiago chile
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V for Vendetta (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he ...
Style: futuristic, philosophical, stylized, intense, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: distopia, revolution, revenge, vengeance, fighting the system, freedom, society, vigilante, superhero, rebellion, vigilantism, mysterious character ...
Time: future, near future, 2020s
Place: london, england, britain, big ben london, europe
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Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Iran
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: coming of age, dishonesty, survival, oppression, child abuse, injustice, life is a bitch, justice, brutality, religion, police investigation, women ...
Time: 21st century
Place: middle east, poland, iran, afghanistan, pakistan
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The Flowers of War (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, harsh, brutal ...
Plot: world war two, atrocity, prostitution, war, suffering, sino japanese war, japanese occupation of china, prostitute, holocaust, wartime, survival, rape ...
Time: year 1937, 1930s, 20th century
Place: china, asia, germany, japan
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The Nativity Story (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in ...
Style: biblical, touching, tricky, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, family outing
Plot: jesus, christmas, christianity, angel, bible, pregnancy, ancient history, christian, children, religions or cults, miraculous event, priest ...
Time: 1st century, biblical epic, 1st century b.c.
Place: holy land, middle east, egypt, jerusalem, palestine ...
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Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Style: thought provoking, allegory, tense, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: post apocalypse, train, distopia, survival, future dystopia, revolution, rebellion, social differences, winter, class struggle, society, snow ...
Time: future, near future, 2030s, year 2014, 2010s ...
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, dramatic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, human spirit, nurse, society, psychiatrist, unlikely friendships, escaped mental patient, psychopath ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, lyrical, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gay, revolution, writers, aids, childhood, artist, gays and lesbians, homosexual, writer's life, idealism, freedom, exile ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, florida, caribbean ...
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, South Africa
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, inspirational, political ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, civil rights, human spirit, racism, prison life, oppression, courage, politics, brutality, heroes, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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Samson (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with Supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God.
Style: biblical, sentimental, thought provoking, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: old testament, good versus evil, betrayal, humiliation, bible, faith, seduction, femme fatale, warrior, mistrust, oppression, battlefield ...
Place: israel, africa
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Red Joan (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy.
Style: suspenseful, factual, realistic, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: woman, world war two, atomic bomb, female spy, interrogation, propaganda, politics, spy, suspense, oppression, kgb, spanish civil war ...
Time: 20th century, year 1945, 2000s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: hiroshima japan, canada, russia, montreal, ussr
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, tense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, witch, haunted house, vampire, evil force, death, insanity, serial killer, mental institution, witchcraft, coven ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 2013, year 1964, year 1952 ...
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, massachusetts, florida ...
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The Legend of El Cid (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, a Castilian nobleman and war hero in medieval Spain.
Style: stylized, rough, visually appealing, exciting, heroic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ancient history, medieval, spanish history, monarchy, islam, oppression, gay, battles, historical character, warrior, master warrior, violence ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century
Place: spain, portugal, iberian peninsula
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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Mouna Rudo was born and raised among the Seediq people, an indigenous tribe in Taiwan, and as he grew to be a man he became a member of the Seediq Bale, a courageous band of native warriors. However, Rudo's way of life is threatened under the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: rebellion, against the rules, human spirit, culture clash, revolution, rebelliousness, oppression, society, leadership, traditional versus modern, slavery, military ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: taiwan, asia
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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, realistic, humorous, cerebral ...
Plot: world war two, military, resistance, anti war, wartime life, village, rebelliousness, rebellion, confined, captivity, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
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Island at War (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 540 min.
TV show
Story: Island at War is a British television series that tells the story of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. It primarily focuses on three local families: the upper class Dorrs, the middle class Mahys and the working class Jonases, and four ...
Style: tense, captivating, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: world war two, occupation, wartime, island, wartime life, society, military, against humanity, war, oppression, genocide, anti semitism ...
Time: post world war two
Place: england, europe
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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the future, the government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers, known as "firemen", to perform the necessary book burnings. Fireman Montag begins to question the morality of ...
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking, tense, stylized ...
Plot: distopia, totalitarianism, future dystopia, fighting the system, social decay, justice, resistance, secrets, culture clash, dystopic future, lone hero, rebellion ...
Time: future, 60s, near future
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The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
Story: Called the most accurate adaptation of Anne Frank’s moving diary, the film chronicles the Frank family as they flee from the Nazis in Amsterdam. Hiding behind a bookcase in a secret annex with random bombs exploding, Anne faces friction with her ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, nazism, against humanity, world war two, diary, jewish, wartime life, survival, human spirit, oppression, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s
Place: holland, europe, netherlands, amsterdam
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King of Devil's Island (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, ...
Style: bleak, tense, atmospheric, visually appealing, serious ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: punishment, prison life, juvenile detention, island, prison, sexual abuse, rebellion, child abuse, isolation, survival, humiliation, riot ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: scandinavia, poland, eastern europe, norway, japan
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The Lady (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, UK, Thailand
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film is about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (Yeoh) who spent more than a decade under house arrest. David Thewlis portrays Suu Kyi's husband, Dr. Michael Aris. Rebecca Frayn began working on the project after she and her husband, producer ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, sentimental, feminist film ...
Plot: politics, election, military dictatorship, resistance, leadership, human spirit, tragic love, social activist, selflessness, idealism, forceful separation, political unrest ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1947 ...
Place: burma, france, asia, oxford university
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The Trap (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Serbia, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: "THE TRAP" is a modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian (Eastern European) 'society in transition.' It's a story that could happen to you. It is a film about an ordinary man, who is forced to choose between life ...
Style: neo noir, psychological, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: desert, heart disease, sick child, hospital, terminal illness, mysterious character, oppression, health situation, wartime life, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, financial problem ...
Time: 21st century
Place: eastern europe, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia
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Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, sentimental, heartbreaking, realistic, poignant ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, war, nazism, survival, polish history, massacre, murder, ethnic conflict, courage, idealism, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1940
Place: poland, germany, east germany, eastern europe, europe ...
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Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Anne Frank: The Whole Story is a film based on the life of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl growing up in Nazi occupied Holland. When war breaks out Anne & her family, Otto her father, Edith her mother & Margot her sister move from Germany ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, emotional, bleak, sad ...
Plot: genocide, holocaust, against humanity, world war two, war, starvation, concentration camp, survival, childhood, hopes, anti semitism, ss ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: amsterdam, holland, europe, netherlands
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Lizzie (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young woman goes on a notorious ax-murdering rampage in Massachusetts at the turn of the century.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, social, art house ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, last will and testament, lesbian sex, lgbt, lesbian romance, father daughter relationship, friendship, employer employee relationship, murder, lesbian interest, double murder, oppression ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: massachusetts, new england
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Circumstance (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Iran
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession
Style: touching, sincere, atmospheric, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, first lesbian experience, teenage girl, closeted lesbian, lgbt, iranian, family relations, teenage life, rebellion, love triangle, teenage love ...
Time: 21st century
Place: iran, tehran iran, dubai, middle east
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The Apocalypse (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: It is 90 AD, and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God and ruler over heaven and earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his divinity, are a thorn in his side and he is having them cruelly ...
Style: serious, sincere, futuristic, epic, christian film
Plot: apostle, bible, apocalypse, christianity, revelation, heroic mission, redemption, historical figure, religions or cults, hopes, society, oppression ...
Time: 90s, 1st century, 21st century
Place: rome italy
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Kabali (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 153 min.
Story: A gangster in Malaysia goes in search of his family after 25 years of imprisonment.
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, feel good ...
Plot: gangsters, revenge, oppression, attempted murder, murder, released from prison, frame up, husband wife relationship, betrayal, ex convict, organized crime, criminal ...
Time: 80s, 2010s
Place: malaysia, india
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Three Veils (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The lives of three young Middle Eastern women intertwine as they struggle to defy tradition and create their own realities. From an arranged marriage and a lesbian love affair to an abusive family situation, the film delicately tackles some of the ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating
Plot: lgbt, lesbian, religious hypocrisy, oppression, lgbtq, muslim, social problems, lifestyle, women, society, sexual relations, sexual desire ...
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Desert Dancer (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Morocco
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban.
Style: uplifting, serious, sad, realistic, captivating
Plot: dancer's life, human spirit, follow your dream, oppression, against the rules, dancing, friendship, emigration, violence, drug addict, dance studio, suspense ...
Time: year 2009, 21st century
Place: iran, africa, middle east, paris france, tehran iran
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Where Hands Touch (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Germany, 1944. Leyna, the 15-year old daughter of a white German mother and a black African father, meets Lutz, a compassionate member of the Hitler Youth whose father is a prominent Nazi solider, and they form an unlikely connection in this quickly ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: interracial romance, racism, nazi germany, world war two, hitler youth, concentration camp, overcoming, young love, biracial, society, genocide, oppression ...
Time: 1940s
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