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, bleak, captivating, stylized and complex films and TV shows about / with oppression, society, life is a bitch, death, storytelling, torture, rebellion, culture clash, mentor and brutality plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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oppression movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as oppression: Osama (2003), The Nativity Story (2006), No (2012), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Before Night Falls (2000), TRON (1982), Priceless (2016), Samson (2018), American Horror Story (2011), Devils on the Doorstep (2000).

List of oppression movies

 7.4
 9K
Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
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, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: survival, dishonesty, oppression, injustice, child abuse, life is a bitch, danger, job seeking, totalitarianism, disorder, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
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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: touching, realistic, serious, tricky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: christianity, christmas, jesus, angel, religions or cults, oppression, bible, priest, prophecy, childbirth, miraculous event, pregnancy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 1st century b.c.
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, palestine, jerusalem ...
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 7.4
 24K
No (2012)
Genre: Drama
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: captivating, sincere, psychological, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: campaign, political conspiracy, oppression, fighting the system, dictatorship, advertising agency, democracy, against the odds, rebellion, underdog, protest, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: chile, latin america, santiago de chile, santiago chile, south america
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
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, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, social problems, marital problem, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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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, tragicomedy, interesting, dramatic, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, human spirit, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, anti hero, unlikely friendships, nurse, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, doctors and patients, psychiatrist ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 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, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: aids, gays and lesbians, revolution, oppression, exile, homosexual, gay, poet, artist, gay slur, writer's life, childhood ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: cuba, latin america, new york, caribbean, havana cuba
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 6.8
 117K
TRON (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As Kevin Flynn searches for proof that he invented a hit video game, he is "digitalized" by a laser and finds himself inside The Grid, where programs suffer under the tyrannical rule of the Master Control Program. With the help of TRON, a ...
Style: stylized, surreal, suspenseful, psychotronic, futuristic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: virtual reality, alternate reality, computer game, cyberpunk, video game, cyberspace, fighting the system, heroes, programmer, oppression, corporate world, adventure ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles, pentagon
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 6.1
 4K
Priceless (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: James, down on his luck and desperate for some quick cash, agrees to drive a small truck across country. He soon realizes that he's made a huge mistake and has inadvertently become involved in a dangerous human trafficking ring. The unlikely ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, tense, touching, surprise ending ...
Plot: human trafficking, injustice, dark past, oppression, violence against women, sister sister relationship, slavery, friendship, kidnapping, social injustice, human rights, death ...
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 4.4
 4K
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, captivating, sentimental, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: seduction, old testament, good versus evil, humiliation, warrior, femme fatale, oppression, mistrust, betrayal, torture, prince, evil king ...
Place: israel
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, tense, scary, captivating ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, mental institution, danger, death, ghost, witch, nightmare, evil, insanity, evil force, nun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 2011 ...
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, massachusetts, north carolina ...
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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale - Part 1: The Sun Flag (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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, epic, stylized ...
Plot: rebellion, human spirit, against the rules, culture clash, revolution, racism, military, society, ambition, leadership, oppression, slavery ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: asia, taiwan
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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, clever
Plot: world war two, resistance, military, village, wartime life, captivity, rebelliousness, rebellion, confined, culture clash, comedy of errors, fish out of water ...
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: occupation, world war two, island, wartime life, against humanity, romance, war, military, anti semitism, genocide, society, oppression ...
Place: europe, england
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 7.2
 42K
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: atmospheric, futuristic, tense, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, book, totalitarianism, social decay, fighting the system, resistance, book burning, oppression, introspection, rebelliousness, satire ...
Time: future, near future, 1960s, 60s
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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, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, diary, against humanity, nazism, world war two, survival, human spirit, nazi occupation, danger, confined, life is a bitch, oppression ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: holland, europe, amsterdam, netherlands
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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, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: punishment, beating, prison life, island, reform school, child abuse, sexual abuse, humiliation, riot, escape attempt, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, eastern europe, scandinavia, poland, japan
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 7.1
 11K
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, stylized ...
Plot: election, military dictatorship, militant, resistance, human spirit, leadership, politics, selflessness, social activist, peaceful mission, tragic love, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, year 1998 ...
Place: burma, asia, oxford university
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 7.9
 9K
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: psychological, serious, realistic, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: terminal illness, desert, heart disease, hospital, sick child, mysterious character, wartime life, health situation, oppression, married couple, child in peril, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, serbia
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 7.0
 16K
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, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: war crime, world war two, nazism, survival, war, captivity, military life, life is a bitch, battles, against humanity, confined, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, soviet union, ussr ...
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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: sincere, uplifting, emotional, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: genocide, holocaust, against humanity, concentration camp, survival, anti semitism, hopes, starvation, auschwitz, confined, life is a bitch, teenage life ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 30s
Place: amsterdam, holland, europe, netherlands
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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: emotional, realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, world war two, atrocity, sino japanese war, rape, brothel, suffering, forced prostitution, prostitution, clergy, life is a bitch, student ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
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 7.4
 1K
Cuéntame (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Cuéntame cómo pasó, also known as Cuéntame, is a Spanish television series which has been broadcast by the Spanish public TV channel TVE1 since 2001. Its original name had to be changed for copyright reasons. The series recounts the experiences ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, humorous, captivating, realistic
Plot: dictatorship, family relations, state affairs, political unrest, totalitarianism, youth, politics, domestic violence, family life, life is a bitch, fascism, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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 7.7
 21K
Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, conservative ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago chile ...
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 6.8
 13K
Planet Hulk (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: When the Hulk becomes too dangerous for the Earth, the Illuminati trick Hulk into a shuttle and launch him into space to a planet where the Hulk can live in peace. Unfortunately, the Hulk's struggle to escape makes a malfunction in the shuttle ...
Style: exciting, stylized, semi serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: mutant, superhero, exile, superhuman powers, betrayal, adventure, slavery, rivalry, danger, dictatorship, ruler, distant planet ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tokyo
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The Bang Bang Club (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the early to mid '90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva - bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, rough, based on true events
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, media, newspaper, journalism, society, life risking, life is a bitch, danger, state affairs, political unrest, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: south africa, africa
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In the Name of God (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan
Duration: 168 min.
Story: The film is about the difficult situation in which the Pakistanis in particular and the Muslims in general are caught up since 9/11. There is a war going on between the Fundamentalists and the Liberal Muslims. This situation is creating a drift not ...
Style: serious, tense, bleak, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: terrorism, false accusation, muslim, islam, culture clash, falsely accused, family relations, family disapproval, escape attempt, social relations, false arrest, oppression ...
Time: 21st century, september 11 2001, contemporary
Place: pakistan, chicago illinois, usa, asia, middle east ...
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Silent Wedding (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Romania, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In a small village of Communist-era Romania a young couple wish to marry, but Joseph Stalin dies the night prior to their wedding ceremony forcing the bride and groom to marry in silence.
Style: semi serious, humorous, surreal, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: village, communism, wedding preparations and rituals, occupation, dark humor, injustice, fighting the system, parents and children, family life, youth, against the rules, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: romania, europe, soviet union, ussr
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 7.4
 319K
Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, psychological, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, rebellion, lone hero, dystopic future, fighting the system, resistance, society, utopia, totalitarianism, gunfight, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: beijing china, china
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 8.0
 92K
Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, adult animation, rough ...
Plot: coming of age, freedom, revolution, family relations, parent child relationship, life is a bitch, society, depression, muslim, iraq iran war, rebellion, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1978 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, tehran iran, ussr ...
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 6.4
 11K
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: suspense, intense, suspenseful, factual, realistic ...
Plot: female spy, woman, atomic bomb, world war two, interrogation, suffering, oppression, kgb, politics, propaganda, older man younger woman relationship, interrogation room ...
Time: 20th century, year 1945, 2000s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: ussr, soviet union, hiroshima japan, canada, montreal quebec canada ...
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